Large Flowered Climbing Rose, RenaissanceCollection, Romantica Rose 'Polka'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Polka
Additional cultivar information:(PP9233, aka MEItosier, Polka, Lord Byron, Polka 91, Scented Dawn, Twilight Glow)
Hybridized by Meilland
Registered or introduced: 1991
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Modern Climber


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


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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:

Orange and orange blend (ob)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Trained to climb

Patent Information:

Patent expired

Other Details:

Resistant to black spot

Resistant to mildew

Resistant to rust

Pruning Instructions:

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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:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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

Lake Forest, California

Long Beach, California

San Jose, California

Hamilton, Georgia

Waukegan, Illinois

Winnetka, Illinois

Urbandale, Iowa

Barbourville, Kentucky

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Sandusky, Michigan

Elba, New York

Lawndale, North Carolina

Kenosha, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 14, 2015, californiagardener from Walnut Creek, CA wrote:

Great rose for inland California. Healthy and 10 feet tall with prolific blooms.


On Jun 7, 2009, gardeneve from Roslindale, MA wrote:

I'm so disappointed in this rose. I didn't want another rose covered in black spot, so I did my research--this rose is supposed to be resistant. But every year it loses all its leaves to black spot. It blooms very lightly, and the flowers aren't nearly as fragrant as I had hoped. I'm so tempted to dig it up and put something more reliable in its place.


On Jun 29, 2008, plantaholic186 from Winnetka, IL wrote:

Such a beautiful flower! I lost two last winter, but it was a particularly brutal winter. Snow, melt, snow, melt. My garden is pretty water retentive, which hasn't bothered 'Polka' otherwise. Very vigorous.


On Jun 11, 2008, dancingbear27 from Elba, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Unfortunately my Polka rose is no longer with me. It was the victim of an unusually harsh winter a few years ago. While it was living (for many years) it was gorgeous! The color was a very unusual shade of yellowish peach that was stunning with big, beautiful blooms. It is sorely missed.


On Jan 21, 2006, JasperDale from Long Beach, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

EXCELLENT climber for seacoast conditions. I have had NO problems with ANY diseases on this rose. Very vigorous grower. Long flexible canes make it easy to train on an arbor, pergola etc. Very thorny, however.
This is my 3rd season for this rose and like most roses, this will be it's first grand showing of flowers.


On May 29, 2004, Paulwhwest from Irving (Dallas area), TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bred in France, and introduced in the United States.

Seed: Golden Showers
Pollen: Lichtknigin Lucia