Please help me ID this rose

flyingcrossJuly 2, 2014

Hello everyone. Let me start off by saying I know next to nothing about roses, although I have been on this site looking around a few times trying to learn more.

When we moved into our house it had been vacant for 5 years, we have been here 3 years and there is a tiny little rose bush by the back door. I thought it was a lost cause so I never watered it. So other then the couple of inches of rain every year, it hasn't been water or tended to in 8 years. It did always keep some leaves on it so I always mowed around it for some reason. Last year my husband stomped all over it working on the house, but it came back this year. We have gotten more rain this year then we have the last 5 years put together, so it went crazy. Every morning my dog pees on it. My son's puppy decided to "prune" it for me and then I really thought it was going to croak on me. Instead it started blooming.

So since my neglect and the dogs haven't killed it yet, I guess I should try to figure out what it is... and try to learn how to take care of it... and how exactly to move it out of the danger zone of the back yard. This little thing really wants to live haha.

The flowers are about the size of a quarter, and before the puppy mauled it... it was about 2 foot tall but sort of leggy if that makes sense. More like an octopus instead of a bush. (I don't know if that matters)

Thanks for looking, and any tips would be appreciated.

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vmr423(Zone 8b, SC)

That's a pretty flower- do you have any thoughts about how old the plant might be? Do you think it was part of the house's original landscaping?

I do recommend that you cross-post your request to the Roses forum, since you're likely to get good advice about how best to move the rose out of the Danger Zone. Even without knowing what variety you've got, most roses like a sunny spot with good drainage. I wonder how large it might get if you move it to a better spot?

You might also get an ID over at the Rose Forum since there seems to be more traffic there, but you'll probably want to post a few close-up photos of the flower, stems prickles, buds, whatever you think may help with the ID.

And if you can give some info about where in Zone 6 the rose is, that may also help.

Good luck,

    Bookmark   July 6, 2014 at 5:39PM
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Thanks. It has to be at least 8 years old. The woman that lived here before us had a pretty little yard going, but only the plants that could handle a horrible drought on their own survived.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2014 at 1:54AM
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We think this may be Cornelia. Is it fragrant? Does it start out pink or buff colored and turn white? Cornelia throws gangly canes. She will get big if you care for her. If your dog has urinated on it, I might move it next spring to another spot. If you do not move the rose, the dog will continue to urinate on it. Move it to a location where he/she has not urinated. If this rose is Cornelia, it can get big. I did not notice whether or not you said exactly where you live, but the size of a hybrid musk (Cornelia) depends to some degree on climate. Water, care for it, give it some natural fertilizer before September and move it next spring once it blooms. EG/P43

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 1:20AM
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I think it could possibly be a Blush Noisette, but it doesn't look quite the same. I have one that went through a similar situation and is now doing fine. Does it smell?

    Bookmark   October 22, 2014 at 2:27PM
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