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'Meg Merrilies' rose Description
'Meg Merrilies (Hybrid Rubiginosa, Penzance 1894)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Johno
Availability:
Commercially available
Synonyms:
 
HMF Ratings:
18 favorite votes.  
ARS:
Deep pink.
Registration name: Meg Merrilies
Origin:
Bred by Lord Penzance (United Kingdom, 1894).
Introduced in Australia by George Brunning - St. Kilda Nurseries in 1896 as 'Meg Merrilies'.
Class:
Hybrid Rubiginosa.  
Bloom:
Deep pink to crimson.  Moderate fragrance.  Medium, single to semi-double, cluster-flowered bloom form.  Once-blooming spring or summer.  
Habit:
Bushy, climbing.  Medium, dark green, fragrant foliage.  
Height of 8' to 10' (245 to 305 cm).  Width of 7' (215 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default).  Vigorous.  
Ploidy:
Hexaploid
Notes:
Nigel Pratt of Tasman Bay Roses says this rose has semi-double flowers of crimson-pink followed by attractive red hips...


Different opinions on parentage, see References.
Meg Merrilies is a gypsy in Sir Walter Scott's novel "Guy Mannering" (1815). There is also a poem by John Keats about her (ca. 1818). See also 'Dominie Sampson'

 
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