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Groundcover, Shrub Rose 'Apricot Drift'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Apricot Drift
Additional cultivar information:(PP23354, Drift Roses, aka MEImirrot)
Hybridized by Meilland
Registered or introduced: 2009
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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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:

Apricot and apricot blend (ab)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:


Other Details:

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Pruning Instructions:

Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

By grafting

By budding

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Jonesboro, Georgia

Echo, Louisiana

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Allentown, Pennsylvania

San Antonio, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 26, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A great landscape rose. Flowering has been continuous here. Cluster-flowered, with cupped bloom form. Foliage is glossy and healthy. I spray with fungicide, but through experimenting I've found that it isn't really necessary here (Boston Z6a) for this rose, despite the prevalence of blackspot in my area.

This made the "Top 100 Performers" list from the NYBG's (no-fungicide) Peggy Rockefeller Rose garden.

This is sold as a groundcover rose. I don't find it to spread out much, and in any case I wouldn't use any rose as a groundcover, as weeding would be a nightmare.

I'm not sure why it's a shrub and not a miniature, as the foliage is tiny and the flowers are about 2" across.

Bred by Alain Meilland before 2009.