Data specific to Roses (Edit)
Bloom size: Medium: 2-3"
Bloom shape: Cupped
Petal count: full: 26-40 petals
Rose bloom color: Light pink
Extra Bloom Info: In large clusters
Rebloom: Good
Class: Shrub
Extra Color Info: Bright, pale pink fading to almost white
Growth Habit: Medium, 3-5 feet, bushy
Fragrance: Mild
Hybridizer & year: Marie Louise Meilland, 1982
Optimal growing zones: USDA zone 4 and warmer
Awards: AARS: 1987

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4b -31.7 °C (-25 °F) to -28.9 °C (-20 °F)
Plant Height: 3-5 feet
Plant Spread: 3-5 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM
Other: Gold Standard 2010; Great Plant Picks Winner 2007
Parentage: (Rosa sempervirens x Mademoiselle Marthe Carron) x Picasso
Child plants: 13 child plants

Alternative cultivar names:
  • 'Bonica'
  • 'MEIdomonac'
  • 'Bonica 82'
  • 'Bonica Meidiland'
  • 'Demon'

Common names
  • Rose

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  • Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Oct 4, 2011 2:27 PM concerning plant:
    Bonica is supposed to be disease-free, not needing spraying, but that has not been so in my garden. It comes down with black spot if I don't spray it with the systemic fungicide when I do all the rest of my roses. The masses of pink flowers are most showy in the spring display, but it does bloom off and on the rest of the summer and fall here in my garden.

    Rita on the north shore of Long Island, New York zone 6/7, where it is humid during our Long Island summers.
  • Posted by Gilli (Kamloops, BC, Canada - Zone 5b) on Jan 17, 2014 10:18 PM concerning plant:
    This rose is a fantastic performer here in my zone 5b garden. It laughs at the cold...I don't winterize it...and sucks up the dry summer heat. It always seems to be in bloom with masses of shell pink flowers. Extremely disease resistant.
  • Posted by sandnsea2 (Cape Cod, MA, USA - Zone 7a) on Oct 1, 2011 5:57 PM concerning plant:
    This is a fantastic performer in Zone 7A. Would not want to be without it. Blooms profusely in Spring, then again in the Fall. A lovely scent. Just a great rose. I planted 3 bushes together here to get this effect. Have never had a bug problem with it. Photo taken in Massachusetts.
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