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PlantFiles: Miniature Rose
Rosa 'Gourmet Popcorn'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Gourmet Popcorn
Additional cultivar information: (PP6809, aka WEOpop)
Hybridized by Desamero; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1986

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 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:
White (w)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Blooms repeatedly


Patent Information:
Patent expired

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
Resistant to mildew
Stems are moderately thorny

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)

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

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive RedRobinhood On Apr 25, 2014, RedRobinhood wrote:

Almost ever blooming in the Oakland Hills
Good fragrance
Smallest plant 18", largest 30" high, though all planted together and at the same time
Makes a lovely small hedge in poor soil and (so far) resists gophers

Neutral Joan On Oct 6, 2009, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Editor's Note

Plant Patent number 6809 has expired
Positive Leslie_Pz On Jun 26, 2008, Leslie_Pz from Amherst, NH wrote:

Hard to believe it's a miniature rose, the bush is large. White flowers do not have much for fragrance but is such a great blooming bush. Make great cut flowers for vases. Really do look like popped corn!

Positive TerriFlorida On Nov 24, 2003, TerriFlorida from Plant City, FL wrote:

I bought Gourmet Popcorn, which is a sport of Popcorn, years ago along with several other miniature roses. It is the only survivor, and I credit that to its tolerance of soils, general toughness, and its remarkable disease resistance.

This is not a tiny mini. Down here in Florida it can exceed 3' tall and at least as wide. It blooms most of the time. It appreciates full sun and adequate moisture and great dirt, but tolerates some shade, mediocre dirt, and drought.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this plant! Please let me know if you grow it in a colder zone than I've indicated, or if I have rated it for colder zones than it tolerates. I've only grown it here in central Florida.


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

Long Beach, California
Oakland, California
Santa Cruz, California
Littleton, Colorado
Plant City, Florida
Riverview, Florida
Huntington, Indiana
Warren, Indiana
Camden, Maine
Wellfleet, Massachusetts
Amherst, New Hampshire
Manvel, Texas
Bellingham, Washington

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