What can be said about Cornelia? Cornelia has most of the attributes that delight me most in roses--nuanced color, a unique fragrance--perhaps narcissus, a charming habit of gowth, shade tolerance, health---and it's thornless! Gregg Lowery, in his incomparable way, describes the color of Cornelia best I think, "opening dusky strawberry suffused with buff from dainty strawberry-colored buds, Cornelia often displays the tug-of-war between lavender and brown seen in such roses as Lavender Pinocchio." Small blooms cluster artfully on a shrub that in warm climates can easily go 10' on a structure. It can be kept much smaller. Like many other Hybrid Musks, the autumn bloom is particularly good and deeply colored. There seems to be disagreement as to how hardy Cornelia is. I would say it will grow well in Zone 6 for sure, but may, quite possibly, survive in colder climates with just a bit of care.

Introduced in 1925.


Stock Levels

Out of stock
Growth Habit: 
Shrub, may be grown as a climber
Year Introduced: 
1920 to 1929
Bloom Type: 
Fully Double
Zone 6
Fragrance fff
Rebloom rrrr
Pemberton, Rev. Joseph Hardwick
8-10 Feet
Pink Blend
Hybrid Musk
Bloom Size: 
Bloom Size 2
Special Uses
Disease Resistant: 
Disease Resistant
Thornless or Nearly Thornless: 
Thornless or Nearly Thornless
Grow As Shrub or Climber
Good for Cutting: 
Good for cutting
Good for hips
Shade Tolerant: 
Shade Tolerant
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