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Please help identify rose

Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 6:13 pm
by ms.mimi
I was given this rose in a bucket. Kept it for a year and planted it in February. Was I in for a huge surprise!! In the bucket, it was just a few limbs and never bloomed.

I've been told by many people that it is a "Seven Sisters", a "China Doll" and I'm really confused. Can someone help identify it for sure? Thanks.


Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 9:30 pm
by doccat5
This certainly looks like China Doll, see this site for a description


Very lovely!!

China Doll or Seven Sisters or something else/

Posted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 12:49 am
by ms.mimi
I visited the site and the flower looks the same or similar, but this plant is way more than 30" tall and on many sites I looked at earlier, it said that China Doll is a "shrub" and good for hedges. What I have is more like a rambler and I looked at "Weeping" China Doll and even it is much smaller.

Thank you for responding and for your comments! I am more astounded by it every day---it is like the Energizer Bunny---just keeps going!


Posted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 10:21 am
by doccat5
You might want to check some of the rose nurseries that specialize in the older roses and look under pink ramblers. I can't tell from the pictures if it's a floribunda or a polyantha. Looks like a poly to me, is it scented? It is just gorgeous.

Most of these older ones will do that, they can be just stunningly beautiful.

Posted: Sun May 18, 2008 10:35 pm
by shae324
I can not help you out with its ID, but wanted to let you know just how beautiful it is. :D

Posted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 5:01 pm
by cmleeiii
not sure how correct I am, but my grandmother had those and said it was seven sisters. hers grew more like a vine than a bush...she let it run wild over the fence and anything else it would climb. my sister has one as well and it also has grown like crazy!! they actually grow wild down here in some areas, i have seen it at the river in several different locations. as i said, not sure if i am right, but thats what i have always known it as.

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Posted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 2:11 am
by roseprose
It does look like China Doll, which can vary in height dependent on sun and soil. It also might be Vineyard Song. Google "Helpmefind Roses" for pics of V.S. VS is taller than most China Doll plants, in my experience. Whatever the name, it looks like a keeper! :)

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 4:21 pm
by The Helpful Gardener
s this was a hand me down, I'd go with that famous Southern hand me down, 'Seven Sisters'. That's how this rose gets around; has been for two hundred years...

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