PlantsRoses→Rose (Rosa multiflora 'Seven Sisters')

Alternative cultivar names:
'Seven Sisters'
'Grevilli major'
'Rosier Multiflore a Grandes Feuilles'

Botanical names:
Rosa multiflora Accepted
Rosa thoryi Synonym
Rosa multiflora f. platyphylla Synonym
Rosa platyphylla Synonym

Data specific to Roses (Edit)
Bloom size: Medium: 2-3"
Bloom shape: Other: Rosette
Petal count: full: 26-40 petals
Rose bloom color: Pink blend
Extra Bloom Info: In clusters
Rebloom: None
Class: Hybrid multiflora
Growth Habit: Rambler, 10-20 feet tall
Fragrance: Strong
Misc: Shade tolerant
Hybridizer & year: Unknown, before 1817
Optimal growing zones: USDA zones 4-9

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 10-20 feet
Plant Spread: 10 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Parentage: unknown

Seven Sisters

Hillfarm Journal:  Hillfarm's RosesHillfarm Journal: Hillfarm's Roses
By Kathleen on February 14, 2012

Part of the story of Hillfarm as we know it will always have to be the roses that we found here.

(Full article11 comments)
Give a thumbs up

Photo gallery:

Posted by porkpal (Richmond, TX) on Oct 17, 2011 8:14 PM

Although she is supposed to be a once bloomer, my bush repeats in the fall with a less lavish flush and puts out occasional blossoms throughout the summer.

[ Reply to this comment | Give a thumbs up ]

Posted by Calif_Sue (Sebastopol, CA - Zone 9a) on Feb 11, 2013 9:19 PM

Noted by Antique Rose Emporium:
"Both this rose and R. multiflora carnea were painted by Redouté in France and both are frequently found in early Texas gardens. By the effort that it took to transport them through the intervening miles, those early settlers have left their own testimony about the need for beauty in even the most rugged human existence. ‘Seven Sisters’ is named for the variety of colors that can appear in each cluster of flowers, ranging from carmine through purple, mauve, pink, and cream as the flowers fade."

[ Reply to this comment | Give a thumbs up ]

Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Jun 11, 2019 9:26 AM

My mother had about 5 plants she got as cuttings from a relative back in about 1965. After rooting and caring for them a couple of years, she planted the small plants between young pines she and my dad had planted a few years before. She passed away in March, and on a visit to the homestead before selling it I saw some pink flowers in the undergrowth of the now huge pines. I recognized a plant had survived all these years, even the last 10 of different yard men cutting grass haphazardly there after my dad's passing. I took about 7 cuttings. Four have rooted for me, so I'm thrilled to carry on this variety that trailed on the ground as 4' x 6' plants over 50 years as I grew up. I was young and never paid attention to their bloom time or cycle, but this survivor plant was in its spring glory in mid-April. When it blooms again, whether this year or next spring, I will post pictures in my mom's memory.

[ Reply to this comment | Give a thumbs up ]

Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Untitled by porkpal Feb 9, 2021 8:11 AM 2
April 2021 -- Photos and Chat by zuzu Apr 22, 2021 5:03 AM 103
December 2020 -- Photos and Chat by zuzu Jan 1, 2021 3:56 PM 125
Our Roses by Weluvroses Apr 10, 2021 1:44 PM 219
Finally got to go see the devastation... by Beth_NorCal Feb 7, 2019 3:52 PM 63
What have you ordered so far for next season? by zuzu Mar 18, 2019 1:21 PM 222
Heat and drought survivors. by LolaTasmania Aug 4, 2018 11:56 AM 5
Best performing roses by Mari33 Jul 27, 2020 5:26 PM 30
December 2017 -- Photos and Chat by zuzu Jan 3, 2018 9:01 AM 88
May Queen by quercusnut May 15, 2018 5:26 PM 7
September 2016 -- Photos and Chat by zuzu Oct 3, 2016 9:18 AM 188
August 2016 -- Photos and Chat by zuzu Sep 13, 2016 9:18 AM 181
Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale size by CindiKS Nov 19, 2015 7:46 PM 8
The last gasp of summer by Henhouse Nov 2, 2015 10:47 AM 62
May 2015, photos and chat by zuzu Jun 21, 2015 3:56 PM 163
New home and new gardens! by Mike Jun 19, 2020 10:33 AM 74
Dumb Suckers by Kelli Mar 29, 2015 6:33 PM 14
Drought Tolerant Roses by Steve812 Aug 27, 2012 10:35 AM 15
April Chat & Photos by Skiekitty Apr 29, 2012 8:48 PM 139
growing in the wild near the ocean by Strever Jan 31, 2012 1:11 PM 4
Brushwood sale on climbing roses by zuzu Oct 27, 2011 7:27 PM 27

« Add a new plant to the database

» Search the Roses Database: by characteristics or by cultivar name

« See the general plant entry for Roses (Rosa)

« Visit the Roses forum

« The Roses Database Front Page

« The Plants Database Front Page

Today's site banner is by lauriemorningglory and is called "A Nickel's Worth of Iris"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.