Hybrid Tea Rose 'Secret'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Secret
Additional cultivar information:(PP08494, aka HILaroma, Secret)
Hybridized by Tracy
Registered or introduced: 1992
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Hybrid Tea


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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:

Pink blend (pb)

Bloom Shape:


Tea shaped

Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:

Patent expired

Other Details:

Resistant to mildew

Resistant to rust

Stems are moderately thorny

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Phoenix, Arizona

Berkeley, California

El Cajon, California

Novato, California

Oakley, California

San Jose, California

San Leandro, California

Santa Clara, California

Santa Maria, California

Bradenton, Florida

Chicago, Illinois

Hampton, Illinois

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 1, 2011, tgwWhale from Casco, WI wrote:

I had a Secret rose for several years. The rose is pretty and does have a strong fragrance, but in my experience it is too winter-tender for NE Wisconsin. Even when buried in ground, only the very bottom inch or so of one stem or the other would survive the winter. This meant that it would start each year well behind the other roses, and it never caught up. I got very few blooms from my Secret rose, so I finally gave up on it one spring when once again it was all but dead after the winter.

I rate it as neutral instead of negative because I was able to get it through the winter, but only barely. I think there are many other hybrid teas that are better for our cold climate up here on the "frozen tundra" (20 miles east of Green Bay).


On Oct 14, 2010, Mariegold from Bradenton, FL wrote:

This exquisitely fragrant rose {Secret} grows in my garden in Bradenton, Florida.

I wish to buy more of them.

Who sells them?


On Oct 14, 2010, Mariegold from Bradenton, FL wrote:

This exquisitely fragrant rose {Secret} grows in my garden in Bradenton, Florida.

I wish to buy more of them.

Who sells them?


On Jun 4, 2010, ffffrrrr from Santa Clara, CA wrote:

This rose is very healthy and low-upkeep in my area, although it'll get pretty tall if left unpruned for long. That said, if you're one who loves fragrant roses, find one of these and give it a sniff. Different people smell different things in roses, but to my nose it's one of the most intensely sweet cultivars there is, almost like honeysuckle.


On Jul 24, 2004, Caro2 from Santa Maria, CA wrote:

A tall, strong, free bloomer, fairly disease resistant in an area known for fungus. Wonderful cut flower, quite fragrant. A focal point plant.


On May 19, 2004, Paulwhwest from Irving (Dallas area), TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bred in the United States. Won the following awards:

All-America Rose Selection in 1994
Court of Show Honor seventeen times from 1998-2001
King of Show five times from 1999-2001
Princess of Show four times from 1998-2001
Queen of Show three times from 1999-2001

Seed: Pristine
Pollen: Friendship