Floribunda Rose 'Betty Prior'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Betty Prior
Additional cultivar information:(PP340)
Hybridized by Prior
Registered or introduced: 1935
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Cluster-flowered (incl. Floribunda & Grandiflora)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 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)

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:



Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Can be trained as a standard or tree form

Patent Information:

Patent expired

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Heber Springs, Arkansas

San Leandro, California

Denver, Colorado

West Hartford, Connecticut

Fountain, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia

Glencoe, Illinois

Kalona, Iowa

Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Louisville, Kentucky

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Galesburg, Michigan

Kansas City, Missouri

Sparks, Nevada

Munsonville, New Hampshire

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Brooklyn, New York

Davidson, North Carolina

Portland, Oregon

Glenshaw, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Rowlett, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 16, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is reasonably resistant to black spot even here on the east coast (Boston Z6a)---without spraying, only about the lowest 12" defoliates. It's vigorous and upright, often reaching 6' tall in a season (after having been pruned back to 18" in the spring.) I wouldn't recommend spacing it closer than 3'.

Floriferous, and quick to rebloom. Virtually no fragrance. Flower is a good color echo for Crepe myrtle 'Hopi'.


On Apr 7, 2009, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Editor's Note

Plant Patent number 340 has expired


On Jun 22, 2005, nikkoblue from Davidson, NC wrote:

Easy to grow, quickly repeats. The simple, clear pink blooms remind me of dogwood blossoms. I planted a single Betty Prior in a side garden last year and liked it so much I put in 3 more by my front door this spring.


On Aug 7, 2004, thehumblebumble from Heber Springs, AR (Zone 7b) wrote:

Excellent rebloomer. Easily maintained. Somewhat black spot resistant. Good cut flower. Quick grower.