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Rosa 'Polka'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Polka
Additional cultivar information: (PP9233, aka MEItosier, Polka, Lord Byron, Polka 91, Scented Dawn, Twilight Glow)
Hybridized by Meilland-Mouchotte; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1991

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5 members have or want this plant for trade.

Modern Climber

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Unknown - Tell us

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:
Orange and orange blend (ob)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly

Trained to climb

Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
Resistant to mildew
Resistant to rust

Pruning Instructions:
Unknown - Tell us

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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3 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative gardeneve On Jun 7, 2009, gardeneve from Roslindale, MA wrote:

I'm so disappointed in this rose. I didn't want another rose covered in black spot, so I did my research--this rose is supposed to be resistant. But every year it loses all its leaves to black spot. It blooms very lightly, and the flowers aren't nearly as fragrant as I had hoped. I'm so tempted to dig it up and put something more reliable in its place.

Positive plantaholic186 On Jun 29, 2008, plantaholic186 from Winnetka, IL wrote:

Such a beautiful flower! I lost two last winter, but it was a particularly brutal winter. Snow, melt, snow, melt. My garden is pretty water retentive, which hasn't bothered 'Polka' otherwise. Very vigorous.

Positive dancingbear27 On Jun 11, 2008, dancingbear27 from Elba, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Unfortunately my Polka rose is no longer with me. It was the victim of an unusually harsh winter a few years ago. While it was living (for many years) it was gorgeous! The color was a very unusual shade of yellowish peach that was stunning with big, beautiful blooms. It is sorely missed.

Positive JasperDale On Jan 21, 2006, JasperDale from Long Beach, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

EXCELLENT climber for seacoast conditions. I have had NO problems with ANY diseases on this rose. Very vigorous grower. Long flexible canes make it easy to train on an arbor, pergola etc. Very thorny, however.
This is my 3rd season for this rose and like most roses, this will be it's first grand showing of flowers.

Neutral Paulwhwest On May 29, 2004, Paulwhwest from Irving (Dallas area), TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bred in France, and introduced in the United States.

Seed: Golden Showers
Pollen: Lichtknigin Lucia


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

Lake Forest, California
Long Beach, California
San Jose, California
Hamilton, Georgia
Waukegan, Illinois
Winnetka, Illinois
Urbandale, Iowa
Barbourville, Kentucky
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Sandusky, Michigan
Elba, New York
Lawndale, North Carolina
Kenosha, Wisconsin

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