'Ma Perkins' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Patricia Routley
Pink blend Floribunda.
Registration name: Ma Perkins
Seashell-pink, salmon-pink shading. [Pink.] Pedicels smooth.. Moderate fragrance. 25 petals. Average diameter 3.5". Medium to large, double (17-25 petals), in small clusters, cupped, rounded bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season.
Bushy. Glossy foliage.
Height: up to 37" (up to 95cm).
USDA zone 6b and warmer. Disease susceptibility: susceptible to blackspot . Spring Pruning: Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back canes that cross. In warmer climates, cut back the remaining canes by about one-third. In colder areas, you'll probably find you'll have to prune a little more than that.
I have a rose originally found by Natalee Kuser in Bridgetown at an abandoned property east of the town in the middle of a pine plantation, and which we have named “Carbonup Brook Pink Rose”. I never saw the original bush but it was apparently about six feet tall and was almost overgrown by R. fortuniana. In my garden this foundling shows a hand-painted effect with the hot summer sun, something like a darker pink staining where the sun hits the petals. Shaded petals underneath other petals are a pale pink, almost white. The central petals turn inwards as does 'Red Radiance", the seed parent of 'Ma Perkins'.