Hybrid Tea, Shrub Rose, Romantica Rose 'Rouge Royale'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Rouge Royale
Additional cultivar information:(PP14039, aka MEIkarouz, Alain Souchon, Caruso, Father's Love, Valentina Casucci)
Hybridized by Meilland
Registered or introduced: 2001
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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:

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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

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.


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.