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PlantFiles: Floribunda Rose
Rosa 'Simply Marvelous!'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Simply Marvelous!
Additional cultivar information: (aka JACideso, Simply Marvelous!)
Hybridized by Zary; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2000

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cluster-flowered (incl. Floribunda & Grandiflora)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
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)

Bloom Color:
Mauve and mauve blend (mb)

Bloom Shape:
Tea shaped

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to mildew
Susceptible to black spot
Stems are moderately thorny

Pruning Instructions:
Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
From hardwood heel cuttings
By grafting
By budding

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3 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive tgwWhale On Jan 1, 2011, tgwWhale from Casco, WI wrote:

Purple roses are difficult for me, but Simply Marvelous is, well, simply marvelous. The blooms are small and the plant is not as floriferous as some other floribundas, but the blooms are a very attractive purple color (on the red rather than the blue side of purple). Officially, I think they say it's mauve, and maybe that's the right word, but I think that in the cooler Wisconsin climate, maybe the blooms are a bit darker, and purple is a good word to describe them. The growth habit is more erect (rather than spreading) when compared to many other floribundas. It doesn't have a lot of thorns.

I only wish that it could be a little more hardy. I have had it about five years and have gotten it through four or five Wisconsin winters by burying it in ground, but only a couple of inches at the bottom of a few stems survives the winter. This means that it has a lot of "catching up" to do every year. It does grow vigorously, but because of the slow start it gets, it generally doesn't look really good until August.

Positive Moonglow On Jun 2, 2005, Moonglow from Corte Madera, CA wrote:

My "Simply Marvelous" is on its 4th month - - - and covered with blooms. It's a pretty full plant now, considering it was bareroot when planted March 2005 and it's growing in a container. I love its fragrance. I don't know much about roses yet to give a good description, but it's not intense (unlike "Double Delight" or "Fragrant Cloud").

Positive Gindee77 On May 16, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a wonderful little floribunda. It blooms quite a bit and has a great old rose fragrance. It's hardy in zone 5.


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

Corte Madera, California
San Jose, California
Pukalani, Hawaii
Hampton, Illinois
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Middlesex, North Carolina
Casco, Wisconsin

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