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PlantFiles: Hybrid Tea, Shrub Rose, Romantica Rose
Rosa 'Rouge Royale'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Rouge Royale
Additional cultivar information: (aka MEIkarouz, Alain Souchon, Caruso, Father's Love, Valentina Casucci)
Hybridized by Meilland; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2000

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Hybrid Tea

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Bloom Color:
Pink blend (pb)
Dark red (dr)

Bloom Shape:
Eye present

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Patent Information:

Other Details:
Unknown - Tell us

Pruning Instructions:
Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
From hardwood heel cuttings
By grafting
By budding

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive prairielaura On Dec 31, 2007, prairielaura from Brenham, TX wrote:

This rose is my favorite for hot-hot-humid central Texas. Grows well, not fussy, about as tough as any rose available, and those heavenly-smelling blooms, oh my. I have three or four of them and plan to buy more to replace some other, sickly varieties.
Wonderful as cut flowers---they will perfume a whole room.

Positive hortensia On Jul 18, 2006, hortensia from Langley, BC, BC (Zone 8b) wrote:

Although this plant gets a bit of blackspot, I am delighted with its performance in the garden. No crispy edges with me, very floriferous, terrifically fragrant and a much better looking plant than other hybrid teas.

Positive LucasCatChow On Nov 7, 2005, LucasCatChow from Tulsa, OK wrote:

Lots of complaints from all over the country about petals crisping (turning black) as blooms age even when grown in afternoon shade. However if the blooms are picked shortly after starting to open this rose makes an outstanding cut flower lasting a week or more in the vase. When viewed as a cut flower rose I would describe it as outstanding. Excellent repeat, large multipetaled blooms with very good fragrance on an upright bush with good disease resistance.

Positive Gindee77 On May 16, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This Romantica rose is one of the most fragrant roses in my garden. It's strong scent is sort of an old rose fragrance. I love the form of the blooms and the rich color.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mobile, Alabama
, British Columbia
Auburn, California
Hampton, Illinois
Denham Springs, Louisiana
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Malvern, Pennsylvania
Brenham, Texas
Vancouver, Washington

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