Floribunda Rose vs Grandiflora Rose: What’s the Difference?

Updated: Jun. 29, 2023

These two rose subtypes are immensely popular, but which is right for you? Learn the differences between a floribunda and a grandiflora rose.

Unless you’re a longtime rose gardener, you might not know much about different types of roses. Grandiflora, floribunda, miniature, rugosa—they’re probably all just roses to you. Two of the most common rose types with similar names can be particularly tricky to tell apart. Here’s how to tell the difference between a floribunda rose vs a grandiflora rose.

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What Is a Floribunda Rose?

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‘La Park’ floribunda rose

Floribunda roses were first categorized as such in the early 20th century. Known for their abundant blooms and many petals, they were created by crossbreeding hybrid tea roses with polyantha roses. Gardeners prize them for their sensationally bright colors, which they’re able to maintain for the duration of a growing season.

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If you’re considering growing a floribunda rose, take note that these roses usually aren’t known for producing a strong scent. They are, however, more disease-resistant and easier to grow than hybrid tea roses.

In addition, for those in colder growing zones, floribunda roses might be best; they tend to fare better in cold weather than grandiflora roses.

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What Is a Grandiflora Rose?

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‘Simply Magnifiscent’ grandiflora rose

A grandiflora rose is actually a version of a floribunda rose. Grandiflora roses were created by combining hybrid roses with floribunda roses, which resulted in a rose with huge, stunning blooms and one flower at the end of each stem. Like floribunda roses, they boast notable disease resistance.

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Key differences between these flowers include their heights and the way their blooms are structured. While floribunda roses usually only reach a maximum height of 3 to 4 feet, grandiflora roses grow up to 6 feet tall. Grandiflora roses feature large blooms on lengthy stems, which makes them ideal for florists and as a choice for your cutting garden. Floribunda roses, in contrast, have clusters of flowers.

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