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PlantFiles: Hybrid Tea Rose
Rosa 'Rosie O'Donnell'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Rosie O'Donnell
Additional cultivar information: (aka New Era, Ninety-Niner, Win Win, WEKwinwin)
Hybridized by Winchel; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1998

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Hybrid Tea

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Bloom Color:
Red blend (rb)

Bloom Shape:
Tea shaped

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Patent Information:

Other Details:
Stems are moderately thorny

Pruning Instructions:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
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2 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative Caedi25 On Mar 5, 2010, Caedi25 from Kirkland, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

We acquired a "Rosie O" because of our love for bi-colors, and in that respect, she doesn't disappoint. Sumptuous saturated red with lemony reverse. Unfortunately, she is fractious - prone to black spot and the only rose in our arc that is stingy with her blooms. A shame as those blooms are humongous and eye-popping when they condescend to appear.

Positive plantswoman On Jun 3, 2009, plantswoman from Nashville, TN wrote:

Why are Rosie O'Donnell's politics even mentioned in this forum--isn't that off-topic?? please, sir, keep your politics to yourself when writing in a garden forum. Rosie O'Donnell is a show-stopping, crowd-pleasing, award winning and beautiful rose, a fantastic rose indeed. Highly recommended in Southern gardens, like all hybrid teas will need some fungicide in hot, humid climates. enjoy!

Positive billbird2111 On Apr 18, 2005, billbird2111 from Sacramento, CA wrote:

Hate the woman's politics, but this rose is a real winner!

This is the second year for this rose in our garden, and Rosie is a real show stopper!! The blooms are enormous.

It might have been the fertilizer I applied in early spring, or we're just having a good second year in Sacramento. I'm not sure. Some of our roses are so loaded with blooms, the canes are snapping off at the base of the plant. Bummer!

I have been planting roses for a number of years. This was NOT J&P. This was a Weeks Rose I believe, purchased from a local nursery. The first year was rough, as it is for all roses, but it's really coming up "roses" in our second year.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Reseda, California
Sacramento, California
San Bernardino, California
Nashville, Tennessee
San Antonio, Texas
Kirkland, Washington

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