Rosa ‘Sonia Meilland, Cl.’

Family : Rosaceae

Class : Climbing Rose, Hybrid Tea


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Text and pictures © Giuseppe Mazza



English translation by Peter Thompson




Grandiflora Climber created in France in 1976 by Marie-Louise Meilland.

It is a sport of ‘Sonia’ ( MEIhelvet ), a Hybrid Tea of Meilland of 1970, created as a cut rose for florists, but which later had enormous success in gardens.

Numerous pink petals, very perfumed.

It is the best-selling rose of the 20th century.

Variety denomination : MEIhelvetsar

Parentage :

Sport of ‘Sonia’

Parentage of ‘Sonia’ :

Seed : ‘Zambra’

Pollen : ‘Baccará’ × ‘White Knight’

Awards (‘Sonia’) :

1999 - Nebraska State Rose Society : Court of Show / Honor


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