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Shrub, Groundcover Rose 'Sweet Drift'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sweet Drift
Additional cultivar information:(PP21612; Drift Roses; aka Meisweetdom, Meiswetdom)
Hybridized by Meilland
Registered or introduced: 2009
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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Bloom Color:

Medium pink (mp)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall



Patent Information:


Other Details:

Unknown - Tell us

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)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

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:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers


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

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Alexandria, Louisiana

Bronx, New York

Houston, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 3, 2016, ladibyrd from Pinellas Park, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Despite the dirt being bone dry (apparently for a while) when I purchased it, my 'Sweet Drift' is doing quite well. The flowers are very full in their adorable petiteness and do have a lovely classic rose scent.

I'll admit to leaving it in the pot I purchased it in for quite a while, but now that it's repotted (along with a 'Coral Drift'), it seems to be growing well. I'm new to roses, and it seems to be easy-going so far, so I may opt to get more for a bed planting shortly.


On Aug 31, 2016, anna171 from Tarrytown, NY wrote:

Sweet Drift is performing as well for me as it does for the Peggy Rockerfeller rose garden. Purchased at Home Depot, where it must have been heavily infected, the poor overgrown Drift promptly succumbed to black spot. I considered discarding it, but the high recommendation from the Bronx Botanical Garden made me reconsider. After removing two thirds of the plant I sprayed it with milk, and it recovered in record time. Drift bloomed with reckless abandon through 90F days until ConEd workers dug it up and left it, the rootball up, in the punishing July sun.
Yet it survived the second shock and bloomed and bloomed and bloomed.
Its very double flowers are naively pink, fading to the palest lavender in the heat. A delightful spreading front-of-the-flower-bed rose bush, a vigorou... read more


On Sep 27, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

"Sweet Drift" made the NYBG's Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden's list of top performers. The Rockefeller Rose Garden is a sustainable garden in which no toxic fungicides are used. In NYC, this cultivar has excellent, clean foliage all season without spraying for blackspot.

The flowers are fully double and a little over 2" across, and the foliage is proportionately small. In NYC, bloom is profuse, starting in June and continuing nonstop till frost.

Because of the challenge they present to weed control, I wouldn't use any rose as a groundcover. "Sweet Drift" has a good low mounding habit that's useful in the garden but not especially useful as a groundcover.

The cultivar name is 'Meisweetdom'. "Sweet Drift" is a trademark and a proprietary trade name... read more


On Aug 8, 2011, mjbivens from Houston, TX wrote:

Although it's habit is more low mounding than groundcover, it cannot be beaten for blooms!
I planted several Peach Drift here in Houston early this spring. They began blooming within a month and have not stopped, in spite of the 100+ degree temps.
No disease problems and do not require a lot of water.