Miniature Rose 'Sweet Chariot'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sweet Chariot
Additional cultivar information:(PP5975, aka MORchari, Insolite)
Hybridized by Moore
Registered or introduced: 1984
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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 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 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:

Mauve and mauve blend (mb)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Can be trained as a standard or tree form

Patent Information:

Patent expired

Other Details:

Resistant to black spot

Resistant to mildew

Resistant to rust

Stems are moderately thorny

Pruning Instructions:

Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

From hardwood heel cuttings

By grafting

By budding

By simple layering

By air layering

By tip layering

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

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This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Goleta, California

Oceanside, California

Rancho Mirage, California

Simi Valley, California

Lexington, Kentucky

Springfield, Maine

Sparks, Nevada

Brooklyn, New York

Clinton, New York

Rome, New York

Charlotte, North Carolina

Wilson, North Carolina

Winchester, Ohio

Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania

Harrisville, Rhode Island

Nashville, Tennessee

Richmond, Texas

Seattle, Washington

Sumner, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 25, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

One of the best of all miniature/patio roses, and still very popular.

1.5" flowers with up to 60 petals, very full, rounded, cupped, old-fashioned form. Strong damask fragrance. Borne in large clusters, in flushes throughout the season.

Similar to its excellent sibling 'Vinyard Song', but with a smaller habit.

The habit is spreading/pendant/cascading, 12-18" tall, good for the top of a retaining wall or elsewhere at eye/nose level. It is vigorous and can reach 3' tall by 5' across.

This was bred by rose legend Ralph S. Moore.

US PP # 5,975 (1987) has expired.


On Nov 29, 2011, suguy from Simi Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have grown Sweet Chariot for several years.
It wasn't doing very well in the ground so I potted it up and grew it on the patio for the past year.
It has flourished there and increased in size threefold.
It is in full bloom now (November 29th).

This rose needs a bit of protection and actually does better in partial shade.

The bloom color is at its most intense in the Fall.


On Apr 19, 2011, vossner from East Texas,
United States (Zone 8a) wrote:

I originally had this plant in a hanging basket and while it bloomed well, I started noticing decline. I never could get the watering/fertilizing quite right. So, I transplanted it inground and it has done much, much better. The fragrance is incredible! I suspect one needs on of the large hanging baskets to accomodate root system properly. Those 14" baskets simply won't do. As a ground plant, it has stayed at 2' wide x 1 ft tall.


On Jul 20, 2006, heidi2005 from Tucson, AZ (Zone 10b) wrote:

I purchased this plant in late fall 2006 and planted it in the 12" diameter 7.5 " deep hanging basket shown in my photo on this webpage. I used the soil mix recommended by the vendor (1/3 miracle gro soil, 1/3 perlite and 1/3 peat moss) and adopted a once/7 days spray program using Orthonex. Until June, my Sweet Chariot grew and bloomed well. Then it started to show the yellow leaves that you can see in the center of the plant. The yellowing accelerated until most of the plant's leaves were yellow, or stippled with white. I originally thought that I was overwatering but a sharp reduction in watering (from every 2 days to once or at most twice a week) did not revive the plant. I supplemented my spray program by washing it thoroughly several different times with a Neem oil/dish soap m... read more


On May 15, 2004, Paulwhwest from Irving (Dallas area), TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bred in the United States. Won the Best Novice award from York Rose & Garden Society in 1999, and the Miniature (One Spray) award six times from 1998-2001.

Seed: Little Chief
Pollen: Violette