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Floribunda Rose, Rambler Rose, Wichurana Rose 'Dorothy Perkins'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Dorothy Perkins
Hybridized by Miller-Jackson & Perkins
Registered or introduced: 1901
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Hybrid Perpetual



15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

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)

Bloom Color:

Medium pink (mp)

Deep pink (dp)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer


Trained to climb

Trained as rambler

Patent Information:


Other Details:


Susceptible to mildew

Stems are moderately thorny

Pruning Instructions:

Blooms on old wood; prune after flowering

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:

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


Daleville, Alabama

Headland, Alabama

Santa Monica, California

Braselton, Georgia

Benton, Kentucky

Nobleboro, Maine

Pembroke, Massachusetts

Mill Spring, North Carolina

Hulbert, Oklahoma

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Colchester, Vermont

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 25, 2008, MarketPlaceGMBR from Santa Monica, CA wrote:

When planting around Poison Oak or Poison Ivy remember there is not much you can do about it if your neighbors will not uproot it.
California Ranch PCH 1 Pacific Coast Highway 1, Santa Monica 90401 California USA


On Mar 23, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I love this wild rose! Contrary to the hardiness info listed, it flourishes here in zone 7b. I took several cuttings of this rose from 2 different locations in my area and have been rooting/growing them in pots for 1- 2 yrs. I am trying to find the perfect spot in my yard to let them go wild. It is a good thing I "rescued" those cuttings as both places where it was growing have been bulldozed for construction.

Found this info. on HMF Roses:
Class: Hybrid Wichurana, Rambler, Tree Rose.
Availability: Commercially available
Origin: Bred in United States (1901) by Jackson & Perkins. Bred in United States (1901) by E. Alvin Miller.
Bloom: Light pink [lp] blooms. Strong fragrance. Small, double (17-25 petals) bloom form. Once-blooming spring... read more


On Jun 13, 2005, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

A lovely little rose that happily scrambles over and up just about anything. It seems to like trees very much, and is one of the few that do well in shady locations. The color is more intense in the shade.

Hybridized in 1901 by E. Alvin Miller for Jackson & Perkins, Dorothy Perkins is named for Mr. Perkins' grandaughter.

Mine is a wild seedling that a bird planted in the ditch between my house and the grows up and down the road nearby and in the fencerows. About it's only problem is a touch of powdery mildew and it puts on a wonderful show each spring for about 3 weeks.