'Carefree Wonder' rose Description
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Pink blend Shrub.Registration name: MEIpitacExhibition name:
Pink blend. Flowers candy pink with white suffused light pink reverse, aging to medium pink. Mild fragrance. 26 to 30 petals. Average diameter 4.25". Large, full (26-40 petals), cluster-flowered, in small clusters, cupped bloom form. Prolific, blooms in flushes throughout the season.
Medium, bushy. Medium, semi-glossy, medium green foliage.
Height of 30" to 5' (75 to 150 cm). Width of 2' to 3' (60 to 90 cm).
USDA zone 4b through 9b. Can be used for beds and borders, cut flower, garden, hedge or shrub. Hardy. produces decorative hips. shade tolerant. Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant. Remove spent blooms to encourage re-bloom. Requires spring freeze protection (see glossary - Spring freeze protection) . Can be grown in the ground or in a container (container requires winter protection).
[From Sixth Annual Goulding Memorial Lecture, Newsletter of the Societe des roses du Quebec Rose Society, December 2000 / February 2001, p. 13-15:] Jacques Mouchotte, Research Director, Meilland Group... In 1978, M. Mouchotte was promoted in charge of Meilland's Hybrid Tea, Floribunda and Climbing rose breeding programs. Some of his better known varieties are 'Bonica', 'Debut', 'Carefree Wonder', and 'Carefree Delight'. His more recent achievement has been hybridizing the beautiful Romantica Series of roses which is receiving world-wide acclaim.