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'Leading Lady ™' rose Description
'Leading Lady ™ (mini-flora, Benardella 2006)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Niels Plougmann
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White, near white or white blend Mini-Flora.
Registration name: BENuno
Exhibition name: Leading Lady ™
Bred by Frank A. Benardella (United States, circa 1998).
Introduced in United States by Nor' East Miniature Roses in 2007 as 'Leading Lady'.
White or white blend.  White/pink upper; white reverse.  Moderate fragrance.  23 to 26 petals.  Average diameter 2.75".  Large, double (17-25 petals), borne mostly solitary, exhibition, high-centered bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Large buds.  
Medium, upright.  Medium, glossy, medium green foliage.  
Height of up to 3' (up to 90 cm).  Width of up to 2' (up to 60 cm).
USDA zone 5b through 10b.  Can be used for beds and borders, container rose, cut flower, garden or specimen.  Hardy.  Disease susceptibility: disease resistant.  Remove spent blooms to encourage re-bloom.  Spring Pruning: Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back canes that cross. In warmer climates, cut back the remaining canes by about one-third. In colder areas, you'll probably find you'll have to prune a little more than that.  
United States - Patent No: PP 18,860  on  3 Jun 2008   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 11/263,669  on  31 Oct 2005
Extraordinary, creamy white mini-flora bloom edged with soft, delicate pink. Dark green foliage clothes the vigorous, disease resistant plant and provides an excellent backdrop for the long-lasting, perfectly formed flowers.