Climbing Polyantha Rose 'Russell's Cottage Rose'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Russell's Cottage Rose
Additional cultivar information:(aka Cottage Rose, Grevillei scarlet, Old Spanish Rose, Russelliana, Scarlet Grevillea)
Hybridized by Russell
Registered or introduced: 1826
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Modern Climber



10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


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:

Mauve and mauve blend (mb)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer


Trained to climb

Patent Information:


Other Details:

Unknown - Tell us

Pruning Instructions:

Avoid pruning

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:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Chandler, Arizona

San Francisco, California

Effingham, Illinois

Panama, New York

San Antonio, Texas

Yakima, Washington (2 reports)

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 19, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is an old rose and not a modern climber. It is usually referred to as a R. multiflora hybrid, but it's been speculated to have R. setigera and R. rugosa in its ancestry. Whatever it is, it isn't a polyantha. It can be considered a multiflora rambler, or trained to a pillar, or grown as a shrub.

One flush of bloom, with no repeat.

The foliage is large and coarse.

The name refers to Lady Georgiana Russell (1781-1853), Dutchess of Bedford and patroness of the arts, second wife of John Russell, the 6th Duke of Bedford---but she is clearly not the hybridizer, who is unknown.

This can be pruned like any rambler. Cut out deadwood and senescent major stems in early spring. If necessary, stems can be cut back by a third then, too.
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On Apr 18, 2015, lancer23 from San Francisco, CA wrote:

I got my cutting from a runaway plant over the fence. Its over 10 ft tall and cover everything within it. It only bloom once a yr late in Spring around April till mid summer. Its different shades of pink and purple. In the beginning its very deep pink and then fades to light purple with white edges. The flower holds a very longtime and blooms in clusters so it has a long and nice display. The fragrance is inconsistent. Sometimes its very light but sometimes its very strong depending on time of day and also the stage of the bloom. There's hardly any scent when the bloom is faded. The scent is a very nice spicy and rich like the rose otto oil. It rooted very easily and bloom within a yr. In its 3rd yr its over 5 ft tall and rambling full of flowers. I think you don't prune this ro... read more


On Jul 13, 2014, Dizzidots from Radnor Township, PA wrote:

I love this rose and because my husband's name is Russell it's one of my favorites. The only problem, and I'm sure it's with me and not the rose, is that I can't train it up a trellis. It's strongest canes grow away from the wall so it kind of flops all over the ground. If only I could prune it......but everyone says not to. Ideas?



On Feb 14, 2004, Pattyperennial from Yakima, WA wrote:

I have this beautiful Climber on an Arbor in Zone 5 and she is VERY VERY fragrant. She is rated 8.5 by the ARS and performs accordingly.


On Feb 21, 2001, Kathleen from Panama, NY (Zone 5a) wrote:

Deep rose blunt buds that blossom crimson and fade to purple, many with white ripples and carried in large clusters. Lightly scented, they have 82 petals and can become up to 20 feet, although mine in zone 5 stay around 6 feet.