'Gloria Dei' rose Description
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Lemon-yellow, rose-pink edges. Moderate, tea fragrance. 50 to 55 petals. Average diameter 5.5". Very large, very full (41+ petals), borne mostly solitary, globular, high-centered to cupped bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season. Large, rounded buds.
Bushy, upright, well-branched. Glossy, dark green, leathery foliage. 5 leaflets.
Height: 4' to 6½' (120 to 200cm). Width: up to 3' (up to 90cm).
USDA zone 5b and warmer. Requires spring freeze protection (see glossary - Spring freeze protection) . Can be grown in the ground or in a container (container requires winter protection). Prune dead wood. Prune lightly or not at all.
United States - Patent No: PP 591 on 15 Jun 1943 VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 451,039 on 15 Jul 1942
Francois Meilland named the rose for his mother Madame A Meilland and it was poised for introduction in 1939. (Royal National Rose Society, Historic Rose Journal No.32 Autumn 2006 page11)
Some difference of opinion about parentage, see References for more information.
The US plant patent 591 does not have parentage information. The parentage we use here is taken from a 1950 interview of Antoine Meilland by George Adam which is recounted in Meilland: A Life in Roses, by Alain Meilland. Again, see References. Please also see the post from Paul Barden on this rose's "Comments & Questions" tab posted on 8 MAY 2006.