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Rosa 'Betty Boop'

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‘Betty Boop’ is a bushy, upright, floribunda rose growing to 3 to 5 feet tall. Semi-double, ivory-white flowers with red edges are borne in clusters over a long period. They are mildly scented. New leaves are dark red, maturing to glossy green. This cultivar does not produce hips.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsSemi-double flowers from spring to fall.

CareVery tolerant, but prefers an open site in full sun. Best in moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil. Plant in late fall or early spring, when the ground is not frozen. Remove suckers from rootstock as soon as they appear.

PropagationRoot softwood cuttings from the time plant first flowers in spring to summer; root hardwood cuttings in autumn. Bud in summer. Sow seed in containers in autumn.

ProblemsSusceptible to aphids, leafhoppers, spider mites, scale insects, caterpillars, sawfly larvae, cane borers, Japanese beetles, rose stem girdlers, thrips, rose chafers, rose midges, rose slugs, and leaf cutting bees. Rabbits and deer can also cause damage. Also prone to black spot, rust, powdery mildew, dieback, canker, crown gall, viruses, and downy mildew.

  • Genus : Rosa
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Bloom Time : Early Spring, Early Summer, Late Spring, Late Summer, Spring, Summer
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Flower Color : Red, White
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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