Softee, Bred by Ralph Moore, California 1983.
Breeding: 0-47-19 X 1-72-1.
For those of you who do not recognize the code name of the pollen parent of 'Softee', it will shed some light to know that it is a sister seedling of the famous yellow Miniature, 'Rise 'N' Shine'. 1-72-1 has played a substantial role in the Sequoia Nursery breeding program because it has been found to produce excellent deep yellows in its seedlings, moreso than 'Rise 'N' Shine'. Many of the Moore roses have 1-72-1 in their makeup, including 'Pink Poodle', 'Orchid Jubilee', 'Cal Poly', 'Sequoia Ruby', 'Joycie', and 'Work of Art', just to mention a few.
'Softee' is a wonderful rose, and it is a complete mystery to me why this variety has drifted into obscurity. Apricot buds open fully into an informal bloom which fades to off-white. The shrub is thornless and blooms are produced in clusters of 25 or more on a mature plant. Few of my Miniatures bloom as frequently and as profusely as this one does. Truly an outstanding rose of great merit. It is still produced by request at Sequoia Nursery if you want to obtain a plant.
merit rating: 7.8
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