Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info) Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info) Cultivar: Old Blush Additional cultivar information: (aka Common Monthly, Parson's Pink China, Monthly Rose, Last Rose of Summer) Hybridized by Parsons; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1752
Hardiness: 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: Medium pink (mp)
Bloom Shape: Semi-double Double
Flower Fragrance: Slightly Fragrant
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Blooms repeatedly
Patent Information: Non-patented
Other Details: Shade-tolerant Resistant to black spot Resistant to mildew Resistant to rust Prone to weak stems 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 softwood cuttings By simple layering
On Dec 28, 2010, dontruman from Victoria, TX wrote:
Introduced to Europe from China in 1752. Based on its similarity to roses in old Chinese paintings some think that it is over 1,000 years old. Very easy to grow and propagate from cuttings. Occasional Zone 9 freezes (mid to upper 20's) have no effect on its growth or blooming power. It is the most prolific rose in my garden. The flowers only last a few days but they are constantly replaced by new blossoms. Not a particularly good cut flower due to their short life and the fact that the buds come in tight, short stem clusters. An excellent garden shrub or hedge rose, I highly recommend it.
Now mid February 2012 and it's still in full bloom.
On Jun 1, 2008, gooley from Hawthorne, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
Tough as nails in a sufficiently warm climate. Here it almost always blooms on Christmas and New Year's Day. Takes neglect, drought, soggy soil, sudden frosts, you name it. Probably not unkillable, but I'm not certain -- maybe if poorly established it will die in extreme conditions. Not the showiest rose but an attractive and reliable bloomer that can take astounding (unintended in my case, I hasten to add) abuse and keep growing and blooming. If your climate is warm enough, get one. Heck, if you can get it own-root and you're in a marginal climate, try it anyway. Seriously.
On Oct 26, 2002, CoyoteSpirit from Citrus Heights, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
it seems to do well despite neglect, doesnt need a lot of water and is one of the first to bloom in spring.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Trinity, Alabama San Leandro, California Asbury Lake, Florida Hawthorne, Florida Spring Hill, Florida Austin, Texas Belton, Texas Broaddus, Texas Doyle, Texas Houston, Texas Rowlett, Texas Victoria, Texas Norfolk, Virginia Timberlake, Virginia