"Minette" rose Description
Photo courtesy of Olga Andersson
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Miscellaneous OGR, Species Cross, Turbinata.
Lilac - pink, ages to lighter . Strong fragrance. Average diameter 2.5". Medium, full (26-40 petals) bloom form. Once-blooming spring or summer. Large, leafy sepals, pointed buds.
Thornless (or almost). Light green foliage. 6 to 9 leaflets.
Height of up to 4' 11" (up to 150 cm).
USDA zone 3b through 9b. Blooms tend to ball in wet weather. Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant.
The rose currently sold as 'Minette' is identical to 'Rosa x suionum' in Scandinavia, to 'Dornenlose Kreiselrose' (thornless turbinata) in Germany and possibly to 'Banshee-Rose' in USA.
The Swedish Rose Society recommends Minette
for northern Sweden.
Corn Hill Nursery says 'Minette' is perhaps the toughest, longest-lived of the albas. They still find this rose growing on abandoned farms untended for decades. It has healthy foliage and double light pink flowers that darken toward the center...
. Vibert classed 'Minette' as a hybrid centifolia - see References