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'Apricot Drift' rose Description
'MEImirrote' rose photo
Photo courtesy of jedmar
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Average rating: EXCELLENT-.  
Bred by Alain Meilland (1940-....) (France, before 2008).
Introduced in United States by Star Roses & Plants (California) in 2009 as 'Apricot Drift'.
Introduced in France by Meilland Richardier in 2024 as 'Apricot Drift'.
Apricot, ages to lighter .  None to mild fragrance.  50 to 55 petals.  Average diameter 2.25".  Medium, very full (41+ petals), in small clusters, cupped bloom form.  Prolific, continuous (perpetual) bloom throughout the season.  Small, ovoid, rounded buds.  
Short, bushy, spreading.  Semi-glossy, dark green, dense foliage.  3 to 7 leaflets.  

Height: up to 18" (up to 45cm).  Width: up to 16" (up to 40cm).
USDA zone 4b and warmer.  Can be used for cut flower, garden or ground cover.  Very vigorous.  Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant.  
Breeder's notes:
True dwarf ground cover rose
Exceptional disease resistance
Always in bloom
Great shiny foliage
Canada - Patent No: 5389  on  29 Nov 2016
Application No: 12-7470  on  3 Jan 2012
Breeder: Alain Meilland, Meilland International, Le Luc en Provence, France
'Meimirrote' originated from a hybrid cross conducted by the breeder in Le Luc en Provence, France. The cross was made between the variety 'The Fairy', as the female parent, and an unnamed proprietary seedling, as the male parent, in June 1999.
United States - Patent No: PP 23,354  on  29 Jan 2013   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 12/662,244  on  7 Apr 2010
Inventors: Meilland; Alain A. (Antibes, FR)
The female parent (i.e., the seed parent) was the ‘The Fairy’ variety (non-patented in the United States). The male parent (i.e., the pollen parent) was the product of the cross of the ‘Korwest’ variety (non-patented in the United States) and ‘Meiskaille’ variety (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 14,274). .The description is based on the observation of two-year-old plants during October while budded on Rosa froebelii understock and growing outdoors at Le Luc, Le Cannet des Maures, Var, France.
The Canadian patent states 20.1 +/- 2.38 petals, the US patent 50 to 55.