Polyantha Rose 'Mademoiselle Cecile Brunner'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Mademoiselle Cecile Brunner
Additional cultivar information:(aka Cecile Brunner, Maltese Rose, Mignon, Sweetheart Rose, The Sweetheart Rose)
Hybridized by Ducher
Registered or introduced: pre 1880
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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 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 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:


Tea shaped

Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:


Other Details:

Resistant to black spot

Resistant to mildew

Resistant to rust

Stems are nearly thornless

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)

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:

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Where to Grow:

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

, (2 reports)

Vincent, Alabama

Phoenix, Arizona

Bigelow, Arkansas

Danville, California

Oakland, California

Palo Alto, California

Rancho Santa Margarita, California

San Andreas, California

San Diego, California

San Leandro, California

Santa Clara, California

Bartow, Florida

Quincy, Illinois

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Coushatta, Louisiana

Westwego, Louisiana

Tupelo, Mississippi

Sparks, Nevada

Buffalo, New York

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

East Bend, North Carolina

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Coos Bay, Oregon

Grants Pass, Oregon

Salem, Oregon

Lansdowne, Pennsylvania

Charleston, South Carolina

Hixson, Tennessee

Arlington, Texas

Austin, Texas (2 reports)

Elgin, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Galveston, Texas

Houston, Texas (2 reports)

Katy, Texas

New Caney, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

Santa Fe, Texas

Victoria, Texas

Tacoma, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 13, 2017, quitaque from Avondale, LA wrote:

I grow this rose in New Orleans and it does well. It also has an interesting history.

Cecile Brunner was hybridized by a famous female rose hybridizer -
Marie "Veuve" Ducher. The history is as follows.

In the middle of the 19th century, Claude and Marie Ducher had a famous nursery. Claude died and Marie, known as "Veuve Ducher" or "Widow Ducher" ran the business herself after that. Unfortunately, she had serious health problems and died young (at the age of 46). Her last and greatest creation, Cecile Brunner, had been developed but was not yet on the commercial market at the time of her death.

So it was left to Marie Veuve Ducher's son in law, Joseph Pernet Ducher, to bring Cecile Brunner to market. Possibly due to chauv... read more


On Jun 14, 2012, dontruman from Victoria, TX wrote:

I purchased a one year old plant from the Antique Rose Emporium two years ago so that makes it three years old now. It has reached 36" in height and continues to grow upward and outward. It sends out loose sprays of buds on branching stalks above the bush that are up to a foot long. Leave the bare spray stems on the plant after blooming and new growth will start in the sprays in a few weeks. I have a neighbor from South Carolina who brought a rooted cutting from her grandmother's yard and it is doing very well in the mid Texas coastal region. Buds look like miniature tea roses and open up to a pom-pom shaped flower about the size of a quarter. First flush in spring is beautiful and the second flush in early summer is magnificent. Lighter flushes occur throughout the summer with a goo... read more


On Jun 7, 2009, NurseryNut from Oakland, CA wrote:

When we moved, I realized I had no room for my Cecile Brunner, so a friend agreed to adopt her. I put her pot by the front door, but months later, the friend still hadn't picked her up. In the meantime, she'd planted her roots into the ground and was vying with the orange tree for space. She was so happy, sending up long shoots and blooming again and again, I decided to let her stay, but had to prune often so she wouldn't overtake others!
We finally made room for her over by the mailbox, but she looked a bit 'sad' after the move. However, she perked back up after a couple of months, and is now back to her usual healthy, continual-blooming self. But back at her original site... there are already 6 Cecile shoots coming up out of the ground!! She's VERY persistent!!

Sh... read more


On Nov 26, 2008, robcorreia from San Diego, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

Simply beautiful, great fragrance. Blooms for me even in partial shade!


On Jul 15, 2008, Angel_D from Quincy, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a wonderful little rose. I planted 4 of them in my front yard last year (spring 2007) and they are doing very well. I had to water them quite a bit last year, due to very little rain and their need to get established. This year we've had tons of rain, so I haven't had to water them, and they are doing great.

They have a light citrusy rose scent. Usually I can only smell it if my nose is close to the rose, but if enough are blooming and the conditions are right, they can lightly scent a whole area.

Bloom color fades from pink to almost off-white. It will deadhead itself, but I prefer to do it, for a cleaner appearance.

Also, last year I fed them MiracleGro Bloombooster about once a week. This year, I've only given them one wat... read more


On Nov 21, 2005, trois from Santa Fe, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

We purchased this plant from an antique rose place in Houston. It has been a steady bloomer, getting better each year.
Each bloom seems to have a different shape. All are beautiful. No problems of any kind have been experienced.


On Jun 8, 2004, Paulwhwest from Irving (Dallas area), TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bred in France. Won the Polyantha Spray award from eight times from 1999-2001.

Seed: Seedling
Pollen: Mme. de Tartas