Recognizing that consumers want roses that are easy to care for, in 2004, AARS stopped spraying fungicides on all shrub roses in its nationwide test gardens. Carefree Spirit is the first and only landscape shrub to date to endure this real-world testing and prevail as a Winner. This mounding rose produces deep red blossoms with white twinkles in their eyes; the blooms finish pink as they bask in the sun. Carefree Spirit amplifies the disease resistance associated with its Carefree lineage, with more than ten years of hybridization improvement. Much like its parent rose, Carefree Delight™, which was a All-America Rose Selections Winner in 1996, the petals are beautifully set amongst abundant glossy, dark green foliage, however it has even better disease resistance, habit and blooming power, and will perform well in any area of the country.
Carefree Spirit was hybridized by Jacques Mouchotte, director of research at Meilland International and introduced by Conard-Pyle Co. of West Grove, Penn.
|Plant Habit||Busy, mounding|
|Growth Habit||Very vigorous|
|Stem Length||Up to 5 feet|
|Foliage Color||Medium to dark green, very glossy|
|Disease Resistance||Excellent for Black Spot, totally resistant to Mildew and Rust|
|Hardiness||Hardy in all US regions|
|Flower Color||Deep Cherry Red with white eye, with white reverse suffused with deep cherry pink. Finishes deep pink in heat|
|Flower Size||2 to 2 ˝ inches|
|Introducer||Conard Pyle Co|