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'Grace Kelly' rose Description
'Princess of Monaco' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Purrfect
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
115 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT-.  
ARS:
White, near white or white blend Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: MEImagarmic
Exhibition name: Princesse de Monaco ®
Origin:
Bred by Marie-Louise (Louisette) Meilland (France, 1981).
Introduced in France by Meilland et Cie in 1981 as 'Princesse de Monaco'.
Class:
Hybrid Tea.  
Bloom:
Cream, pink edges.  Mild, fruity fragrance.  35 to 45 petals.  Average diameter 4".  Large, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary, cupped bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Large, wide oval buds.  
Habit:
Short, bushy, upright.  Large, glossy, dark green foliage.  
Height of 28" to 3' (70 to 90 cm).  
Growing:
USDA zone 7b and warmer.  Can be used for cut flower or garden.  Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant.  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.  Requires spring freeze protection (see glossary - Spring freeze protection) .  
Patents:
United States - Patent No: PP 5,067  on  12 Jul 1983   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 06/324,255  on  23 Nov 1981
Notes:
In September 1998, the Montreal Botanical Garden (Le Jardin Botanique de Montreal) carried out a survey of its roses' resistance to black spot, powdery mildew and rust. This is one of the outstanding varieties which showed a 0% to 5% infection rate. The data was taken on well-established roses.