'Penelope'

(Pronounced: pen-NELL-o-pea)

ALSO KNOWN AS:

'Penelope'

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'Penelope' is an exraordinary Hybrd Musk rose.

 

'Penelope'

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The blooms are medium sized (2-1/2" to 3-1/2"), fragrant, and semi double.

 

'Penelope'

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'Penelope' flowers occur in medium sized clusters, continuously throughout the growing season.

 

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The flowers open a pale salmon pink but quickly fade to white. 'Penelope' has a wonderful display of hips in the fall.

 

 
GENERAL
INFORMATION:

'Penelope' is one of the best of the Hybrid Musk roses. The flowers are semi-double, medium-sized (2-1/2" to 3-1/2"), and moderately fragrant. It makes a mounding shrub and can be used as a pillar rose or low climber.

'Penelope' has the best hips display of any of the Hybrid Musk roses.

 
BOTANICAL
GROUP:

Synstylae

 
GROUP:

Pemberton

 
CLASS:

H Msk

 
SEED
PARENT:

'Ophelia'  

POLLEN
PARENT:

Unnamed Seedling or possibly 'William Allen Richardson' or 'Trier'  

BREEDER:

Pemberton  

INTRODUCED:

'Penelope' was introduced by Pemberton (United States) in 1924.  

DATE:

1924 [ United States ]  

PLANT SIZE
AND FORM:

Height:    5 '     to    5 '           Width:    5 '     to    5 '



Penelope' makes a large dense shrub 5' to 6' high and 5' wide.  

FOLIAGE
DESCRIPTION:

The foliage is dark green and glossy, with some plum-red shadings.

 
FOLIAGE
FRAGRANCE:

None.  

BLOOM
FREQUENCY:

C - Continuous. 'Penelope' starts blooming the middle of March in the Texas Hill Country and repeats cycles throughout the growing season. The fall bloom is particularly nice.

 
BLOOM
DESCRIPTION:
Flower Size:    2.00"      to      2.00"           Cluster Size:    5      to      7           Petal Count:    21 to 25          

'Penelope' flowers are medium sized, semi double and flatfish. They have short stems, and occur in dense clusters of 5-10 flowers. The petals are slightly frilled.

 
BLOOM
COLOR:

lp - Light Pink. 'Penelope' has light shell pink blooms that open from salmon buds, and fade to near white. The flowers have very prominent lemon yellow stamens in the center.

 
COLOR VARIATION:

None.  

FRAGRANCE:

MF - Moderate Fragrant. 'Penelope' has a moderate but very pleasant musk fragrance.

 
HIPS:

Orange-red; Elongated; 1/2". The hips are orange pink and large. The fall display of hips is quite impressive.

 
CLIMATE:

Zones 6 - 9  

CULTURE:

'Penelope' is very disease resistant. It will tolerate poorer soils and is very tolerant of shade.

 
PROPAGATION:

'Penelope' is easily propagated by cuttings.

 
OTHER
CHARACTERISTICS:


    ** Tolerant of shade
    ** Tolerant of poorer soils
    ** Worth growing for ornimental value of hips
    ** Suitable for hedging and fence rows
    ** Suitable for growing into trees
    ** Suitable for use as a climbing or pillar rose
    ** Widely Availabile

'Penelope' makes an excellent choice for hedging. The plants mature quickly, and have very dense and attractive foliage, and highly fragrant flowers.

 
ANECDOTAL
INFORMATION:

'Penelope' was presumably named after the wife of Ulysses, who (like this rose) performed virtuously even when given no support.

 
REFERENCES:

American Rose Society. Modern Roses 10. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 1993, p. 440.

American Rose Society. Modern Roses XI. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 2000, p. 445.

Antique Rose Emporium. The Antique Rose Emporium 1988 Catalog. Independence, Texas: Antique Rose Emporium. 1988, p. 75.

Beales, Peter. Classic Roses. New York: Henry Holt & Company. 1997, pp. 25, 259-260.

Druitt, Liz. The Organic Rose Garden. Dallas, TX: Taylor Publishing Company. 1996, pp. 32, 89, 99, 163.

Welch, William C.. Antique Roses for the South. Dallas: Taylor Publishing. 1990, pp. 44, 174-175.

Welch, William C.. Perennial Garden Color. Dallas: Taylor Publishing. 1989, pp. 226-227, 238-239.