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PlantFiles: Shrub Rose
Rosa 'Carefree Wonder'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Carefree Wonder
Additional cultivar information: (aka MEIpitac, Dynastie)
Hybridized by Meilland-Mouchotte; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1990

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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:
Pink blend (pb)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly


Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
Resistant to mildew
Resistant to rust

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
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Lisahuang On Aug 7, 2014, Lisahuang from Denver, CO wrote:

My landscaper planted it this summer, it already grew 3 feet and have a dozen of buds and flowers within a month. I also planted livin-easy rose as well,they did not bloom like this.

Positive SusieR On May 24, 2010, SusieR from Springfield, IL (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have these up both sides of my driveway and they do beautifully. I have horrid clay soil but these guys do really well. I have about 12 of them and did have two go back to graft and one became sterile (after 15+ years) so I dug them out and am in the process of replacing them. I do deadhead them and will be doing a soak with straight Merit this year to keep the Jap Beetles away. GREAT rose!!!

Negative leisure500 On Apr 27, 2010, leisure500 from Indianapolis, IN wrote:

This plant doesn't do as well for me here in clayey Zone 5 Indiana as has Carefree Beauty.

It looked good its first year, and it was downhill from there.

As of this point, I've lost one plant and anticipate losing the other remnant soon.

Positive windbalm On Sep 7, 2007, windbalm from Philipsburg, PA (Zone 5b) wrote:

This rose has done very well for me in north central PA. This year (2007) we had a seriously frigid winter followed by an icy cold spring and then a summer drought - which adversely affected a number of my other roses and perennials, but Carefree Wonder has performed beautifully. Even the (blankety-blank) horde of Japanese beetles couldn't keep up with the blooms.

Purchased bare-root from Park Wholesale's fabulous end-of-spring-season sale in 2006. Planted facing East, protected from the Westerly winds. Fertilized with horse manure and loosely mulched.

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

Bred in France. Won the All-America Rose Selection in 1991, and the Modern Shrub Rose four times from 1999-2001.

Seed: Prairie Princess x Nirvana
Pollen: Eyepaint x Rustica


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

Dothan, Alabama
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
Denver, Colorado
Archer, Florida
Springfield, Illinois
Macy, Indiana
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Crofton, Kentucky
Youngstown, Ohio
Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Glenshaw, Pennsylvania
Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
Mercer, Pennsylvania
Osceola Mills, Pennsylvania
Schwenksville, Pennsylvania

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