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Rosa 'Carefree Delight'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Carefree Delight
Additional cultivar information: (PP8841, aka MEIpotal, Bingo, Bingo Meillandecor, Bingo Meidiland, Potalia)
Hybridized by Meilland; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1994

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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

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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Bloom Color:
Medium pink (mp)

Bloom Shape:
Eye present

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly


Patent Information:
Patent expired

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
Resistant to mildew
Resistant to rust
Stems are very 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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5 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Jan 20, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A great rose for the sustainable garden.

This is a very floriferous shrub, with attractive self-cleaning flowers. It's one of the most floriferous roses in the Rose Garden at the Roger Williams Park, Providence, RI, where fungicides are not used. Highly resistant to black spot---though it shows some mild symptoms and defoliates near the base when not sprayed, the foliage still looks good overall and it blooms its head off more or less continuously.

This also was listed among the top performers at the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden, where fungicides are not used.

This rose was awarded an ADR in 1994. The ADR is Germany's equivalent to the Earthkind trials in the US, a measure of the cultivar's ability to perform without fungicides or pesticides.

Forms a wide dome shape about 4-5' tall and as wide. Develops a lot of very thorny, small twiggy growth which is probably best cut back in spring. This is one of the thornier roses. It grabs your clothes and clings more than most.

"Carefree Delight" is a proprietary trade name. The cultivar name is 'MEIpotal'.

Its US Plant Patent should have expired in the summer of 2014.

Positive tgwWhale On Dec 10, 2010, tgwWhale from Casco, WI wrote:

I have had a Carefree Delight for about 10 years. In NE Wisconsin where I live, it needs to be buried in mulch to survive the winter properly. For me it grows next to the house where the soil is truly bad (sand and gravel, primarily) and where there is shade instead of sun for over half of the day. Still, it blooms well, It has also proven to be quite disease resistant for me.

I find it grows better if I prune it well in the spring. It likes to grow too many tiny branches otherwise.

Positive hannett_garner On Jun 21, 2009, hannett_garner from Silver Spring, MD wrote:

Love this rose! Very vigorous in 7B. I have two that have grown a little taller than 5 feet. They are great shrubs: bug & (mostly) disease-free, loaded with blooms all summer & hips in the fall & winter. For some reason, the deer haven't messed with them much, either... as they have all my other plants. (As for diseases, I think every rose in the hot, humid DC region gets a touch of black spot, although this plant handles it very well.)

Positive JenniG On Aug 27, 2006, JenniG from Gabriola
Canada wrote:

I live in the Gulf Islands in the Pacific Northwest and, unusually, my soil is extremely alkaline (it is part of an old shell midden). Also my summers are often very droughty so we water sparingly. I do not mulch with organic matter, though the soil above the roots is covered with gravel. My Carefree Delight has been in my garden for several years now and is completely reliable and healthy, blooming from June through October. I would like to know if there are equivalently trouble-free roses in other colours.

Neutral IESKOTI On Jan 10, 2006, IESKOTI from Chicago, IL wrote:

This rose has been in my midwest garden for more than ten years and has proved a reliable bloomer and very healthy. However, a few years ago, it reverted to a dark red, single color, with fragrant blooms. This reversion may be due to the fact that there was a shoot below the base of the plant which I should have removed sooner than I did. It's still pretty, but definitely a completely different color. I do miss the pink and white blossoms of Carefree Delight, but this "new" rose will remain in my garden.

Positive northgrass On Mar 3, 2005, northgrass from West Chazy, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

This rose has proven hardy for me in zone 4b-5a. It makes a low spreading shrub, blooming all summer. Dark pink buds contrast nicely with the various shades of pink of the blossoms. The glossy foliage is not bothered by insects and disease. I always make sure that the roses I buy are on their own roots and not grafted, increasing their chance of surviving a severe winter. I do not cover my roses although I much heavily.

Neutral Paulwhwest On Jun 4, 2004, Paulwhwest from Irving (Dallas area), TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bred in France. Won the following awards:

The Hague Gold Medal and the Golden Rose in 1993
Shrub from Syracuse Rose Society in 2001
Modern Shrub Rose from the Omaha Rose Society in 2001
Bagatelle Gold Medal in 1992
All-America Rose Selection in 1996
ADR Anerkannte Deutsche Rose in 1994

Seed: Eyepaint x Nirvana
Pollen: Smarty


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

Novato, California
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
Sebastopol, California
Chicago, Illinois
Evansville, Indiana
Crofton, Kentucky
Silver Spring, Maryland
South Easton, Massachusetts
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Bronx, New York
Hamilton, Ohio
Providence, Rhode Island
Kingsland, Texas
Barre, Vermont
Hampton, Virginia
Cody, Wyoming

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