'Seven Sisters'

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ALSO KNOWN AS:

R. cathayensis platyphylla , R. multiflora grevillei , R. multiflora platyphylla , R. thoryi , 'Seven Sisters'

'Seven Sisters'

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Seven Sisters' is a legendary and famous rose in the Old South, whose flowers of include a range of colors from carmine pink through mauve in a single cluster.

 

'Seven Sisters'

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It is a vigorous once-blooming climbing rose that is frequently found in old gardens and homesites throughout the southern United States.

 

'Seven Sisters'

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The origin of the name of this unusual rose comes from its tendency to display multiple colors of flowers in a single cluster of blooms

 

'Seven Sisters'

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The appearance of the many-colored blossoms suggests that multiple types of roses are growing together. Hence, the name 'Seven Sisters'.

 

 
GENERAL
INFORMATION:

'Seven Sisters', is is a vigorous once-blooming climbing rose that is frequently found in old gardens and homesites throughout the southern United States.

The origin of the name of this unusual rose comes from its tendency to display multiple colors of flowers in a single cluster of blooms. The appearance of the many-colored blossoms suggests that multiple types of roses are growing together.

'Seven Sisters' is an old oriental rose that is thought to have been brought from Japan to Europe in 1816. The name may be a translation from the Japanese, but there are usually more than seven blossoms in each cluster

 
BOTANICAL
GROUP:

Synstylae

 
GROUP:

OGR

 
CLASS:

H Mult

 
SEED
PARENT:

 

POLLEN
PARENT:

 

BREEDER:

 

INTRODUCED:

'Seven Sisters' was introduced by Sir Charles Greville in 1817.  

DATE:

1817  

PLANT SIZE
AND FORM:

Height:    15 '     to    20 '          



'Seven Sisters' is a vigorous climber that will reach heights of 15' to 20'.  

FOLIAGE
DESCRIPTION:

The foliage is bright green and wide.

 
FOLIAGE
FRAGRANCE:

None.  

BLOOM
FREQUENCY:

O - Once Blooming. 'Seven Sisters' starts blooming in late spring (mid-May in the Texas Hill Country) and continues to boom for approximately 2 - 3 weeks.

 
BLOOM
DESCRIPTION:
Flower Size:    1.50"      to      2.00"           Cluster Size:    3      to      10           Petal Count:    40 to 60          

'Seven Sisters' flowers are small (1" - 2") and very double. They are similar, but much larger than the blooms of .

 
BLOOM
COLOR:

pb - Pink Blend.. 'Seven Sisters' blooms range in color from carmine pink to purple, mauve, pink and as the flowers fade, cream

 
COLOR VARIATION:

The petals are uniform in color within each bloom, but the blooms vary widely in color from very light pink to purple-mauve.  

FRAGRANCE:

Fragrant - 'Seven Sisters' has a fresh fruit-like fragrance.

 
HIPS:

None Observed.

 
CLIMATE:

Zones 5 - 9  

CULTURE:

'Seven Sisters' will tolerate poor soils and some shade, and it prefers some shelter from wind. It is somewhat sensitive to cold, and prefers a sheltered location.

t should be planted in a sunny open area to combat powdery mildew, to which it is somewhat susceptible.

 
PROPAGATION:

'Seven Sisters' is easily propagated from cuttings.

 
OTHER
CHARACTERISTICS:


    ** Tolerant of shade
    ** Tolerant of poorer soils
    ** Susceptible to mildew
    ** Availability is limited

'Seven Sisters' grows on dark green stiff stems and will form a large mounding shrub 10' wide and 10' - 15' high in the absence of support.

 
ANECDOTAL
INFORMATION:

'Seven Sisters' and Rosa multiflora carnea were both painted by the French painter, Redouté.

 
REFERENCES:

American Rose Society. Modern Roses 10. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 1993, p. 544.

American Rose Society. Modern Roses XI. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 2000, p. 538.

Antique Rose Emporium. The Antique Rose Emporium 1988 Catalog. Independence, Texas: Antique Rose Emporium. 1988, p. 83.

Beales, Peter. Classic Roses. New York: Henry Holt & Company. 1997, p. 240, 253.

Druitt, Liz. The Organic Rose Garden. Dallas, TX: Taylor Publishing Company. 1996, pp. 46, 84,173.