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PlantFiles: Hybrid Tea Rose
Rosa 'Francis Meilland'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Francis Meilland
Additional cultivar information: (PP19970; aka Pretty WomanŽ, Prince JardinierŽ, Schloss Ippenburg, MEItroni)
Hybridized by Meilland; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2006

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Hybrid Tea

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)

Bloom Color:
Light pink (lp)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
Resistant to mildew

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

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Jun 27, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Excellent exhibition form, high-center to cupped, very full (avg 37 petals), large (5") white flower with light pink center (turning all white in the heat of summer), very fragrant. Good cut flower.

Highly resistant to black spot and powdery mildew. Vigorous. Hardy to Z5 (and probably to 9b). Its landscape durability compares favorably with the Knockouts.

If you like hybrid tea roses, this is as good as they come.

2013 AARS winner. Winner of numerous European rose awards, including the 2008 ADR (Germany's trial for performance with little maintenance and no fungicide, like the Earthkind trials in the USA).

Listed as a top performer by the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden, where no fungicides are used.

The cultivar name is 'MEItroni'. The others are trade names. aka Alexandre PouchkineŽ and Father of Peace.

Jan 2015: Last season, a large grower in the USA distributed huge numbers of this rose infected with crown gall. This was a matter of poor hygiene on the part of the grower and not of any special susceptibility of the cultivar. Crown gall is caused by a bacterium and is contagious. The standard recommendation is to remove any infected rose with the surrounding soil and let the spot lie fallow for two years before replanting.

I got my Francis Meilland from a different source, and it's performed beautifully.

Neutral 80s_child On Sep 19, 2013, 80s_child from Hayward, CA wrote:

This is beautiful rose,LARGE FORMAL CREAMY WHITE-ISH BLOOMS WITH STRONG FRAGRANT,Just Rich,BOLD & Beautiful HT Rose & BEST of all >> Disease FREE!
BUT with 2 >> problems,
1.Gets real TALL, HIGH as almost 7 foot tall ,with VERY LONG CANES ... Needs punning more often!!~!
2. when is done with full bloom , after couple days,.Pedals start loosing up & blown away by breeze, Pretty quick...DON'T last long .... BUT gives u LARGE FULL DOUBLE SIZE WHITE ROSE WITH hint of light pink.. SUCH AS IN SUMMER IS PURE WHITE!
VERY STRONG FRAGRANT, Lovely & beautiful BIG & BOLD delicious creamy looking rose , BUT sad thing about it,..BLOWN away quickly :(


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

Calexico, California
Hayward, California
Nampa, Idaho
Des Moines, Iowa
Echo, Louisiana
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Ypsilanti, Michigan
Amelia Court House, Virginia
Purcellville, Virginia

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