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Rosa 'Mary Magdalene'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Mary Magdalene
Additional cultivar information: (aka AUSjolly)
Hybridized by Austin; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1998

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English Rose (aka Austin Rose)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Bloom Color:
Light pink (lp)

Bloom Shape:
Eye present

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly


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

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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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive strawberryhill On Nov 11, 2011, strawberryhill from 5a, IL wrote:

This rose is rated as exceptionally fragrant 8 to 10 by UK rose locator database - and the best smelling out of ten Austins. The fragrant is very pleasant myrrh, like the Catholic church's incense. The bush is small and compact and gives lots of flowers, the rebloom is quick.

I strongly recommend MM for the number of blooms and the quality and strength of its fragrance - some rated it as better than Tamora , Ambridge, and Scepter d' Isle. It grows well in alkaline soil and blooms well in both heat and cold.


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

North Augusta, South Carolina
Paris, Texas

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