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'François Rabelais' rose Description
'François Rabelais' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Imagination Rose
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
52 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT.  
ARS:
Medium red Floribunda.
Registration name: MEInusian
Exhibition name: François Rabelais
Origin:
Bred by Meilland International (France, 1998).
Introduced in United States by Conard-Pyle (Star Roses) in 1996 as 'François Rabelais'.
Class:
Floribunda.  
Bloom:
Red.  Mild fragrance.  41 to 60 petals.  Average diameter 3.25".  Medium to large, very full (41+ petals), cluster-flowered, in small clusters, old-fashioned bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Habit:
Medium, bushy.  Medium, glossy, dark green foliage.  
Height of 28" to 35" (70 to 90 cm).  Width of 3' (90 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 6b and warmer.  Can be used for beds and borders, container rose, cut flower or garden.  Disease susceptibility: very mildew 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.  
Patents:
Australia - Application No: 2000/159  on  2000   VIEW PBR PATENT
 
United States - Application No: 2006/0143747  on  14 Feb 2006
Notes:
Steve in Iowa reports: This rose was the best of the two dozen new varieties I planted last spring. I planted three together in the same hole, a la David Austin roses. Wonderful. A brilliant garnet red in constant bloom that is untroubled by pests.
Errata published 2001: "All reference to Patent No. PP 11,714 to Alain A. Meiiland of Antibes, France for FLORIBUNDA ROSE PLANT NAMED MEINUSIAN appearing in the Official Gazette of December 19, 2000 should be deleted since no patent was granted."