Climbing Rose 'Peggy Martin'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Peggy Martin
Hybridized by Unknown
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Modern Climber


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


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)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Bloom Color:

Medium pink (mp)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly


Trained to climb

Patent Information:


Other Details:

Stems are nearly thornless

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

From hardwood heel cuttings

By grafting

By budding

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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

El Dorado, Arkansas

Ormond Beach, Florida

Sanford, Florida

Martinsville, Indiana

Lawrence, Kansas

Coushatta, Louisiana

Covington, Louisiana

Echo, Louisiana

Cleveland, Mississippi

Bronx, New York

Clinton, New York

Graham, North Carolina

Providence, Rhode Island

Orangeburg, South Carolina

Austin, Texas

Clute, Texas

Corsicana, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Galveston, Texas

Houston, Texas

Kerrville, Texas

La Grange, Texas

Lewisville, Texas

Lubbock, Texas

Pearland, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Sachse, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Von Ormy, Texas

Willis, Texas

Mc Lean, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 1, 2017, AccdntlRosarian from Mc Lean, VA wrote:

In its Zone 7a, full sun location this rose is:
Repeat blooming
Not fragrant
Extremely vigorous
Is moderately impacted by diseases. (I don't know what, the leaves look like they have been burned and then they crumble away.) But, given the vigor, this is not an issue

This rose took 3 seasons to produce a good spring flush. This is its fifth year year, now, and it has given me a great spring flush and some rebloom (a few clusters here and there) all season. It does have some (small) thorns, but is one of the least thorny "thornless" roses in my yard. It is definitely a spreader, not for small spaces.


On Apr 2, 2017, italia92 from Houston, TX wrote:

Our Peggy Martin roses are thriving in Houston, TX and in La Grange, TX. Although only 100 miles apart, the humidity differs greatly, and frequently, so does the rainfall. These roses really took off in the second year in both locations. A+!


On Apr 7, 2015, laboutwe from Ormond Beach, FL wrote:

I'm a novice-level rose grower in Ormond Beach, Florida and have a three year old Peggy Martin climber (purchased online / mail order from Antique Rose Emporium.) This thing is growing so well this year I need to learn how to train it up on an arbor or post. It is mingling through the giant Macho ferns.
I neglected it all last summer through the Central Florida heat and provided little additional water (no sprinkler here). What a plant! This spring it is sending out new plants near the main plant - it is sprawling about eight feet out along the ground, and sending up new plants almost like ground cover.
There weren't a lot of flowers after the spring blitz last year, but like I said, I left it alone with no fertilizer and minimal water.
Let's see what it will do ... read more


On Sep 26, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Tough, adaptable, and vigorous to a fault, this is a big rose, and not for restricted spaces. Excellent disease resistance here in humid Boston Z6a, where most roses require weekly fungicide treatment to keep blackspot from defoliating them. This is a good rose for a no-spray garden. It made the top performers list with high marks at the NYBG's Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, where fungicides aren't used.

Flowers are small and occur in clusters. Profuse bloom in the first flush, though rebloom has been disappointing.

Canes are thornless and fairly flexible. When grown as a climber, this forms lovely romantic cascading swags of bloom/foliage. The only thorns are tiny (but sharp!) ones on the leaf midrib, so this is fairly safe for a pergola or large arbor.
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On Jul 23, 2012, cindyvog from Martinsville, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:

Purchased this plant from Antique Roses because my daughter's name is Katrina. Year 1 showed encouraging growth, year 2 jumped and the bloom was spectacular! Long lasting blooms that hold their petals for approx 3 weeks in the spring. Very light fragrance up close and no thorns! Tolerating drought conditions and 100 weather in Zone 5b/6. Very flexible canes, looking forward to fall bloom.


On Apr 23, 2010, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Super fast grower, yet easy to control. Virtually thornless.


On Mar 6, 2009, BrugDatLvr from Sanford, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This rose was given to me as a rooted start by a good friend who is a member of the local antique rose society here in Central Florida. The story behind this rose as I am told is both heartbreaking and heart warming. The Peggy Martin Rose is one of only two plants that survived 20 feet of salt water over the garden of Mrs. Peggy Martin of Plaquemines Parish in Louisiana after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Bill Welch received cuttings from Peggy Martin's garden in 2003 which was before Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. Since Katrina he has subsequently shared cuttings with 6 vendors who now have made this rose available to gardeners and collectors as a symbol of renewal and regrowth.

Given the survival of this rose after the flooding of Hurricane Katrina, she is obvi... read more