What does the real seven sisters rose look like?

Alana8aSCMay 1, 2013

I got a piece of this rose from off my dads property, thats been their since he bought the farm from his graddad. He said it's seven sisters is what they called it, but I know this is a really misidentified rose. So I was wondering if anyone could tell me , how to tell if it's the real thing or not. I don't have no pictures, but if you could tell me leaf count, thorns, ect. or show me a good pic that would be helpful. Thanks!

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Kippy(SoCal zone 10. Sunset Zone 24)

If you search "Seven SIsters" on Help Me Find / Roses, there are a few roses that are called Seven Sisters. One is a pink Multiflora and the other is a white Hybrid Sempervirens. And then there are a couple of other found ones, including one listed as from South Carolina.

I happened to ask last week about a rose cutting I picked up last year. And it turns out to be Felicite et Perpetue or...Seven Sisters (the white one) And the wonderful people of the forum knew who it was.

Here is a link that might be useful: When I asked

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 11:48AM
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jill_perry_gw(z9 CA)

Laure Davoust is a similar hybrid multiflora, sometimes mistaken for Seven Sisters or Multiflora Carnea. Compare pictures of your rose to Helpmefind pictures of all these, and you should be able to tell if yours is the real thing.
Jill

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 11:56AM
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Alana8aSC

Thanks Kippy, can't remember the exact color. It is about to bloom so I will check. I know it is seven leafed and thorny. I think it's a light pink, and fades white.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 12:00PM
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Alana8aSC

Jill, Laure Davoust looks is very similar, but I noticed she's five leaved and mine is seven, so I'll wait untill my dads blooms and look at it and take it from there, but thanks she's probably one that my moms collected! I was talking to her about it today and she told me she had three different one that start off pink and go white that she got from people, off the side of the road and in the woods. :) she loves roses as well

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 2:07PM
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Campanula UK Z8

mmm. I remember this coming up during my college years because they had a huge pergola of this was was periodically disputed. My lecturer emphasised that the flowers are very similar to other multiflora roses....but the leaves were the key to the ident - huge, almost roughly rugose things, which are almost a bit downy.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 3:24PM
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Alana8aSC

Here's the leaves, they are a little droopy from the transplant.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 4:22PM
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Alana8aSC

Kippy I notice my thorns are similar to your, they are red and hook down.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 4:40PM
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malcolm_manners

The pic does not look like it to me. The real 'Seven Sisters' has really unique leaves -- the leaflets are convexly puffed up, like the top half of a pillow, rather than lying flat, and they are covered with a fine fuzz of hairs. I don't know of another rose that looks like that.

Here is a link that might be useful: more photos of Seven Sisters

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 8:28PM
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Kippy(SoCal zone 10. Sunset Zone 24)

Malcolm, which is the real Seven Sisters?

HMF lists several.

Alana, yes the red thorns hook down on mine.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 9:14PM
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malcolm_manners

Kippy, it is generally agreed that it is Rosa multiflora platyphylla, as painted by Redouté, and as sold by the Antique Rose Emporium and Vintage Gardens. Of course countlessly many other roses get called by the name, so that it often just means "a rose whose name I don't happen to know at the moment." But this one seems to be the "real" thing.

This post was edited by malcolm_manners on Wed, May 1, 13 at 22:15

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 10:08PM
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Campanula UK Z8

yes, like pillows - exactly.
I remember them now!

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 1:18AM
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Alana8aSC

Thanks Malcolm, I think I have what Kippy has.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 8:44AM
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Kippy(SoCal zone 10. Sunset Zone 24)

Thank you Malcolm!

How confusing for so many to have the same common name, but I can see how that can happen over time and with people trying to remember what they brought with them.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 10:36AM
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