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"Minette" rose Description
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Photo courtesy of Olga Andersson
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
22 favorite votes.  
Average rating: GOOD.  
ARS:
Light pink Centifolia.
Class:
Miscellaneous OGR, Species Cross, Turbinata.  
Bloom:
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.  
Habit:
Thornless (or almost).  Light green foliage.  6 to 9 leaflets.  
Height of up to 4' 11" (up to 150 cm).  
Growing:
USDA zone 3b through 9b.  Blooms tend to ball in wet weather.  Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant.  
Notes:
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

 
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