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'Polka ™' rose Description
'Polka 91' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Johno
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
172 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT-.  
ARS:
Apricot or apricot blend Large-Flowered Climber.
Registration name: MEItosier
Exhibition name: Polka ™
Origin:
Bred by Jacques Mouchotte (France, before 1991).
Introduced in France by Meilland et Cie in 1991 as 'Polka'.
Introduced in United States by Conard-Pyle (Star Roses) in 1991 as 'Polka'.
Class:
Climber, Large-Flowered Climber.   (Series: Renaissance ® Collection, Romantica ™)  
Bloom:
Orange - yellow.  Mild, old rose fragrance.  90 to 100 petals.  Average diameter 3.75".  Large, very full (41+ petals), borne mostly solitary, old-fashioned, quartered bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Ovoid buds.  
Habit:
Climbing.  Semi-glossy, dark green, dense, leathery foliage.  3 to 7 leaflets.  

Height: 47" to 12' (120 to 365cm).  
Growing:
USDA zone 5b through 9b.  Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant.  
Patents:
Australia - Application No: 1994/207  on  1994   VIEW PBR PATENT
 
United States - Patent No: PP 9,233  on  8 Aug 1995   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 08/314,389  on  28 Sep 1994
Inventor: Meilland; Alain A., Antibes, FR
The female parent (i.e., the seed parent) was the product of the pollination of the Meipalsar variety (non-patented in the United States) and the Golden Showers variety (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 1,557). The male parent (i.e., the pollen parent) of the new variety was the Light Konigin Lucia variety (non-patented in the United States).....The rose plants of the new variety described herein were three years of age and were observed during September while budded on Rosa froebelii understock and growing outdoors at Le Cannet des Maures, Var, France.
Notes:
Treloar Roses says Twilight Glow has large double blooms of a rich creamy apricot which are scalloped in an 'old world' style...