Francoise Rabelais

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Photo of Rose Francoise Rabelais

It's hard to decide what to think of this rose. The small, cupped blossoms are an attractive shade of red. And the rose is clearly capable of producing an ample number of them nicely spaced. There is also ample foliage.

But the leaves show signs of fungal attack. Rightly or wrongly, when I see this at the nursery I always think "If experts cannot keep this rose clean, how will I do so when I plant it among my many roses and grow it without spraying?"

ARS members rate it 7.6, so it evidently performs quite well in most of its new gardens.

Meilland, France 1998
Zone 5-9
Digital Camera: Fuji Finepix 2800
Rose: Garden Valley Nursery, Jun 2003
Image and Text: Copyright S.R. Brubaker 2003. All rights reserved.