Rosa ‘MEIdomonac’ BONICA ™

double pink modern rose

Outstanding Qualities

The famous French rose-breeding family of Meilland has produced many outstanding roses, and BONICA is one of their best. Plant it and stand back - to admire its strong, arching stems with leaves that open copper-red and mature to deep, glossy green. Set along these branches are many pretty, fruity scented, smallish, double flowers of clear pink. Petal edges are a bit ruffled and shade to slightly deeper pink toward the center. Flowers appear in abundance in June and continue, some years, right until Christmas. In autumn it produces small hips that are good in arrangements - in fact, it often has flowers and hips at the same time. The flowers themselves are also good for cutting. This deciduous shrub is dramatic enough to stand alone as a specimen, or it can be combined in a mixed border, with such other flowering shrubs and robust perennials. It can also be grown as a hedge or trained against a wall, once established it is robust enough to support a small-growing clematis. The correct cultivar name for this rose is 'MEIdomonac', but it is usually known as BONICA or BONICA 82. It was introduced in 1984 and has won many international awards, including the World's Favorite Rose in 2003.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, gold, bronze

Great Color Partners: cream, lavender, pink

Culture Notes

This vigorous rose flowers best in full sun with rich well-drained or sandy soil, but it will tolerate clay if the drainage is adequate. It is a heavy feeder and benefits from a regular application of fertilizer. Provide regular watering during dry weather to encourage lush growth and repeat flowering. It can be lightly pruned in the late fall or early winter to protect from winter wind damage. Major pruning to develop the shape of the plant should be done in early spring when the leaves are beginning to show green. It has good disease resistance, but can get powdery mildew without enough sun or good air circulation.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9

Flower Color: pink

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: regular watering