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PlantFiles: Climbing Rose
Rosa 'Peggy Martin'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Peggy Martin
Hybridized by Unknown

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2 vendors have this plant for sale.

13 members have or want this plant for trade.

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Modern Climber

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Bloom Color:
Medium pink (mp)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

Trained to climb

Patent Information:

Other Details:
Stems are nearly thornless

Pruning Instructions:
Avoid pruning

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
From hardwood heel cuttings
By grafting
By budding

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4 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Sep 26, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Tough, adaptable, and vigorous to a fault, this is a big rose, and not for restricted spaces. Excellent disease resistance here in humid Boston Z6a, where most roses require weekly fungicide treatment to keep blackspot from defoliating them. This is a good rose for a no-spray garden. It made the top performers list with high marks at the NYBG's Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, where fungicides aren't used.

Flowers are small and occur in clusters. Profuse bloom in the first flush, though rebloom has been disappointing.

Canes are thornless and fairly flexible. When grown as a climber, this forms lovely romantic cascading swags of bloom/foliage. The only thorns are tiny (but sharp!) ones on the leaf midrib, so this is fairly safe for a pergola or large arbor.

I don't detect any fragrance.

Positive cindyvog On Jul 23, 2012, cindyvog from Martinsville, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:

Purchased this plant from Antique Roses because my daughter's name is Katrina. Year 1 showed encouraging growth, year 2 jumped and the bloom was spectacular! Long lasting blooms that hold their petals for approx 3 weeks in the spring. Very light fragrance up close and no thorns! Tolerating drought conditions and 100 weather in Zone 5b/6. Very flexible canes, looking forward to fall bloom.

Positive vossner On Apr 23, 2010, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Super fast grower, yet easy to control. Virtually thornless.

Positive BrugDatLvr On Mar 6, 2009, BrugDatLvr from Sanford, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This rose was given to me as a rooted start by a good friend who is a member of the local antique rose society here in Central Florida. The story behind this rose as I am told is both heartbreaking and heart warming. The Peggy Martin Rose is one of only two plants that survived 20 feet of salt water over the garden of Mrs. Peggy Martin of Plaquemines Parish in Louisiana after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Bill Welch received cuttings from Peggy Martin's garden in 2003 which was before Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. Since Katrina he has subsequently shared cuttings with 6 vendors who now have made this rose available to gardeners and collectors as a symbol of renewal and regrowth.

Given the survival of this rose after the flooding of Hurricane Katrina, she is obviously a very hardy and very salt water tolerant Rose to say the least.


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

Sanford, Florida
Martinsville, Indiana
Coushatta, Louisiana
Covington, Louisiana
Echo, Louisiana
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Cleveland, Mississippi
Orangeburg, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Clute, Texas
Corsicana, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Galveston, Texas
Kerrville, Texas
Lewisville, Texas
Lubbock, Texas
Pearland, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Sachse, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Von Ormy, Texas
Willis, Texas

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