Hybrid Musk, Shrub Rose 'Penelope'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Penelope
Hybridized by Pemberton
Registered or introduced: 1924
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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 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)

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

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Bloom Color:

Light pink (lp)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Trained to climb

Trained on pillar

Patent Information:


Other Details:

Prone to weak stems

Avoid chemical sprays

Sets hips

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

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

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

San Jose, California

San Leandro, California

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

West Monroe, Louisiana

Gaithersburg, Maryland

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Rock Tavern, New York

Austin, Texas

Iredell, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 8, 2008, roybird from Santa Fe, NM wrote:

My Penelope only blooms one time in late spring. It is almost always my earliest bloomer. Very delicate colors and sweet scent make up for the sprawling habits. This rose probably shouldn't be in my zone but does quite well! No problems with diseases.


On Apr 24, 2008, littlebrook15 from Rock Tavern, NY wrote:

I really thought I'd be knocked out by the color on this rose, but it's just ok. The growth habit is really awkward on it. I am going to grow a rambler next to it (and kind of through it) to help cover up the fact that it's "splayed" itself out in the garden. It did overwinter very well, though, and it does seem to grow pretty quickly.


On Apr 19, 2008, GingerGaia from West Monroe, LA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I love this rose so much I named my puppy after it. I have 3 in a semi circle that just get better every year. Mine are fragrant peach fading white with good disease resitance. They do get very large at least 6 ' tall and mine are about 7-8 'wide or more. Did well in part shade at my last garden as well.


On Jan 17, 2005, BlueMaypop from Laytonsville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Lovely, strong fragrance on a large shrub. The color is a peach fading to ivory. It may not survive a very harsh winter without protection.


On Feb 24, 2004, clantonnaomi from Iredell, TX wrote:

I have six of these wonderful antique roses planted as a hedge and it is spectacular! They are covered with beautiful and fragrant flowers in the spring and early summer and rebloom periodically after that. I have not had that much trouble with black spot - they have been very disease free in my location - central Texas (zone 8).


On Feb 23, 2004, rebeccasgarden from Duvall, WA (Zone 8B) wrote:

I'm torn between a neutral and positive response on Penelope. Each year I say I'm going to dig it up and each year it blooms I'm so taken by it that I don't have the heart.

In the early part of the season (in the northwest) when she starts to bloom and it's still cool outside the colors are like a soft, pastel sunset of pink and yellow and they're a simple kind of beautiful. The buds are a peachy rose and contrast beautifully with the open blooms. As it gets hotter the colors wash out to almost white and the blooms are shorter lived.

The leaves also start out healthy and gorgeous only to eventually succumb to blackspot and fall - just about every last one - off the bush (that's when I start saying I'm going to dig it up).

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On Sep 7, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Penelope has a fairly awkward growth habit; its fragrance more than makes up for that, though.