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PlantFiles: Floribunda Rose, Rambler Rose, Wichurana Rose
Rosa 'Dorothy Perkins'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Dorothy Perkins
Hybridized by Miller-Jackson & Perkins; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1901

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Hybrid Perpetual

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
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:
Medium pink (mp)
Deep pink (dp)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Trained to climb
Trained as rambler

Patent Information:

Other Details:
Susceptible to mildew
Stems are moderately thorny

Pruning Instructions:
Blooms on old wood; prune after flowering

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

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

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral MarketPlaceGMBR On Jul 25, 2008, MarketPlaceGMBR from Santa Monica, CA wrote:

When planting around Poison Oak or Poison Ivy remember there is not much you can do about it if your neighbors will not uproot it.
California Ranch PCH 1 Pacific Coast Highway 1, Santa Monica 90401 California USA

Positive berrygirl On Mar 23, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I love this wild rose! Contrary to the hardiness info listed, it flourishes here in zone 7b. I took several cuttings of this rose from 2 different locations in my area and have been rooting/growing them in pots for 1- 2 yrs. I am trying to find the perfect spot in my yard to let them go wild. It is a good thing I "rescued" those cuttings as both places where it was growing have been bulldozed for construction.

Found this info. on HMF Roses:
Class: Hybrid Wichurana, Rambler, Tree Rose.
Availability: Commercially available
Origin: Bred in United States (1901) by Jackson & Perkins. Bred in United States (1901) by E. Alvin Miller.
Bloom: Light pink [lp] blooms. Strong fragrance. Small, double (17-25 petals) bloom form. Once-blooming spring or summer.
Habit: Height of 10' to 20' (305 to 610 cm). Width of up to 8' . (up to 245 cm).
Growing: Zone 4 thru 9. Disease susceptibility: susceptible to Mildew. Requires winter protection if temperatures drop below freezing. Can be grown in the ground or in a container (container requires winter protection). Prune right after flowering is finished.
Parentage: R. wichuraiana Crp. (synonym) Madame Gabriel Luizet (hybrid perpetual, Liabaud, 1867

Positive melody On Jun 13, 2005, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

A lovely little rose that happily scrambles over and up just about anything. It seems to like trees very much, and is one of the few that do well in shady locations. The color is more intense in the shade.

Hybridized in 1901 by E. Alvin Miller for Jackson & Perkins, Dorothy Perkins is named for Mr. Perkins' grandaughter.

Mine is a wild seedling that a bird planted in the ditch between my house and the grows up and down the road nearby and in the fencerows. About it's only problem is a touch of powdery mildew and it puts on a wonderful show each spring for about 3 weeks.


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

Daleville, Alabama
Headland, Alabama
Santa Monica, California
Braselton, Georgia
Benton, Kentucky
Nobleboro, Maine
Pembroke, Massachusetts
Mill Spring, North Carolina
Hulbert, Oklahoma
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Colchester, Vermont

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