Hybrid Tea Rose 'Marilyn Monroe'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Marilyn Monroe
Additional cultivar information:(PP14398; WEKsunspat, aka Marilyn Monroe)
Hybridized by Carruth
Registered or introduced: 2002
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Hybrid Tea


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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:

Apricot and apricot blend (ab)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Can be trained as a standard or tree form

Patent Information:


Other Details:

Resistant to mildew

Resistant to rust

Susceptible to black spot

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:

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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 is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Fayetteville, Arkansas

El Macero, California

Rio Vista, California

Sacramento, California

San Jose, California

Sandpoint, Idaho

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Lansdale, Pennsylvania

Houston, Texas

Kirkland, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 28, 2016, rossbynum from Houston, TX wrote:

Despite some blackspot issues, Marilyn is a great rose. She blooms more than any other Hybrid Tea I grow and they're always perfectly formed and gorgeous. If you're a fan of apricot colored roses and live in a warm climate, Marilyn is about as good as it gets.

Be warned: Marilyn Monroe has GIANT prickles. They're the biggest ones of any rose in my garden. They're almost like sharks teeth. Every time prune or even do any snipping for bouquets I end up getting "bitten".


On Jun 13, 2013, lauriebr from Sandpoint, ID wrote:

Not a fast grower for us, but survived our zone 4/5 garden on the south side of the house, right next to the house so it's hardier than listed. Long lasting cut flower.


On Feb 13, 2013, jww from El Macero, CA wrote:

This is my FAVORITE rose of all time. She is gorgeous throughout all bloom stages, strong and healthy and smells like a rose should smell. Starts out light peach and fades to blushed cream. Fabulous - like her namesake. We have very hot summers and the blooms hold up and look good until they have practically dried on the stem. Our water is awful and she shrugs it off and keeps blooming. Highly recommend this rose.


On Jul 5, 2012, corinneii from Sacramento, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

A stunning, voluptuous rose on a large plant that blooms freely. She has big, long-lasting, flesh-colored flowers with spiral form. Her petals have unusually heavy substance, but aren't so numerous she has trouble opening. They have an unusual sheen that glistens softly in the sun. Like the lady herself, she's got charisma. Look out for those thorns, though. I've seldom seen a rose with so many big, wicked ones. You pay for those fabulous blooms come pruning time. I would absolutely love this rose if not for that.


On Jun 24, 2006, chicochi3 from Fayetteville, AR (Zone 6b) wrote:

It's a nice enough rose, but in my experience it seems rather prone to blackspot.