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Floribunda Rose, Cluster Flowered Rose 'Calliope'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Calliope
Additional cultivar information:(aka HARfracas, Apricot Abundance)
Hybridized by Harkness
Registered or introduced: 1998
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Cluster-flowered (incl. Floribunda & Grandiflora)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Bloom Color:

Apricot and apricot blend (ab)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Can be trained as a standard or tree form

Patent Information:


Other Details:

Resistant to black spot

Resistant to mildew

Resistant to rust

Sets hips

Pruning Instructions:

Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Winchester, California

Columbus, Ohio

Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 12, 2008, dovey from Columbus, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

I've grown Calliope in French Valley, California (hot and dry zone 9)
and now I grow it in Columbus, Ohio (cold and humid zone 5)
It's a lovely rose, although less apt to disease in California than Ohio. A good bloomer and fabulous color.


On Nov 13, 2007, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant; however, I have observed in growing in Bellevue, Washington.

Its cultivar name is 'Harfracas' [EU2025]. It is also known as 'Apricot Abundance'. It was introduced in the United Kingdom (1998) by Harkness & Co. Ltd.. (Bred By: R. Harkness). It has apricot and apricot blend blooms which appear in flushes from late spring until the first freeze. This is an English rose that does well in cool, coastal (marine) type climates. Anywhere else they may be a bit "iffy".