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Floribunda Rose 'Francois Rabelais'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Francois Rabelais
Additional cultivar information:(aka MEInusian, Rabelais)
Hybridized by Meilland
Registered or introduced: 1996
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Cluster-flowered (incl. Floribunda & Grandiflora)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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 red (mr)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Other Details:

Susceptible to black spot

Stems are very thorny

Pruning Instructions:

Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

From hardwood heel 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:

Jonesboro, Arkansas

San Jose, California

Hampton, Illinois

Rockville, Maryland

South Montrose, Pennsylvania

Knoxville, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 29, 2010, Damask from South Montrose, PA wrote:

I've had this plant forever. Never give any of my roses winter protection. This plant is a winner, beautiful red, prolific, re-blooms consistently. Compact. I feed a granular name brand rose food regularly and a home mixed formula of Jerry Baker's. Also give it liberal banana peels through the season, worked into the ground. I treat all my roses the same. All it needs. Love, love, love this rose.


On Oct 11, 2007, ppiper from Rockville, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

I grow my r. Francois Rabelais in a container at our front door. It's always a source of joy when blooming. Flowers are a very clear medium red with no blue or yellow evident, so there is no trace of purple or orange hues. Needs protection against black spot, aphids and mildew in this area. Foliage is medium to dark green depending on how much sun it gets.


On Jul 31, 2006, Bill_Watt from Jonesboro, AR wrote:

My rose is one of the Home Depot mystery roses with the label altered to read "Dreamy Nights". After researching it, I'm pretty sure it is a "Francois Rabelais". No real scent but makes a nice compact plant with numerous blooms.
It seems to be doing well in N.E. Arkansas.


On May 16, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This rose is a very prolific bloomer and the color is startlingly red. The blooms are small and have very little fragrance. This Romantica rose does well in zone 5 wtih some winter protection.