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Rosa 'Betty Boop' (Rose)

Rosa 'Betty Boop' Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Rosa 'Betty Boop' ROE-sah Common Name: Rose Synonyms: R. 'Centenary of Federation' Genus: Rosa
'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 characteristics: Semi-double flowers from spring to fall.
Care: Very 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.
Propagation: Root 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.
Problems: Susceptible 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.
Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Moderate
Characteristics Fragrant Flowers; Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Early Spring; Early Summer; Late Spring; Late Summer; Spring; Summer
Flower Color Red Flower; White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Hedge
Style Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest
Type Shrubs

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