Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info) Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info) Cultivar: Alba Meidiland Additional cultivar information: (PP6891, aka Alba Meillandécor, Alba Sunblaze, Blanc Meidiland, White Meidiland, MEIflopan, MEIcoublanc) Hybridized by Meilland; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1986
Hardiness: USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) 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: Double
Flower Fragrance: No fragrance
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Blooms repeatedly
On May 23, 2013, CosmosandCleome from Bethany, PA wrote:
This rose grows prolifically in my NE Pennsylvania garden. I trim it back once or twice each season, just to keep it under control. Some canes are at least eight feet long. I do sometimes have problems with black spot, and I like its looks best when I cut off the spent blossoms. In late fall or early spring, I cut it close to the ground, and it bounds back beautifully.
It was well established in this garden when we moved here ten years ago, so it has aged well.
On Jan 17, 2010, kerrystack from Lakewood, OH wrote:
Beautiful, easy. First rose I ever bought. I've killed many others, but this one still likes me. I have it in full sun, against a fence. No protection first winter in zone 5 but still handled itself nicely. I've been kinder to it since then :)
On May 29, 2008, willowwind from Moundridge, KS (Zone 6a) wrote:
One of the toughest, most prolificly flowering roses I have. Mine grows in a hot, windy spot which doesn't seem to faze it a bit. I agree with the velcro-on-velcro description, and the old blooms do look unsightly if not sheared, but then it is back with more blooms before you know it. Mine was even buried under morningglories for part of the summer last year and looks as good as ever this year.
On Jan 14, 2005, DreamOfSpring from Charleston, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:
Grows rapidly. Is carefree. Loaded with blooms throughout the entire growing season. None of my 100+ roses compares with this one for vigor. Mine have sent out branches as much as 10' long (covered in blooms) in a single season. While it is classified as a groundcover, it is equally happy when trained as a climber. I have one that has "climbed" some 8+ ft up into a tree with blooms "raining" down on gracefully arching branches.
I have several of these and they are show stoppers in my garden of nearly 1000 plants. This is one of the plants that passersby ask about, and of which friends request a cutting, which works out well because it seems to take root at every point of contact with the ground.
There are, of course, a few "negatives". As it is a rather vicious bramble of thorns with a prolific growth pattern, it shoud be kept well clear of traffic patterns (which I learned the hard way). Brushing up against this one is like velcro on velcro. While the torrent of white blooms is lovely, the aged and dying blooms are not; periodic shearing is required to remove spent blooms and encourage the next show.