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'Cocktail ®' rose Description
'Cocktail ® (shrub/climber, Meilland, 1957)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Maurice REYBAUD
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Red blend Shrub.
Registration name: MEImick
Exhibition name: Cocktail ®
Bred by Marie-Louise (Louisette) Meilland (Paolino) (1920-1987) (France, before 1956).
Introduced in France by URS (Universal Rose Selection)-Meilland in 1957 as 'Cocktail'.
Introduced in Australia by Hazlewood Bros. Pty. Ltd. in 1959 as 'Cocktail'.
Floribunda, Shrub.  
Geranium-red, carmine-red shading, light yellow center, ages to red .  Mild, spice fragrance.  5 petals.  Average diameter 2.25".  Small to medium, single (4-8 petals) bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Armed with thorns / prickles, climbing.  Glossy, leathery foliage.  
Height of 6' to 8' (185 to 245 cm).  Width of 3' to 4' (90 to 120 cm).
USDA zone 4b and warmer.  Can be used for garden.  Can be grown as a shrub.  can be trained as a climber.  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.  
United States - Patent No: PP 1,821  on  17 Mar 1959   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Louisette Meilland was stated as the breeder at the 1956 Rose trials in Rome