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Ballerina Hybrid Musk Rose

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Lightly scented and so profuse!
'Ballerina' wants to be the last rose blooming in your garden this fall, and it has the flower power to make good on that ambition! Blooming from early summer well into autumn, this lovely old hybrid musk rose delights with graceful 2- to 3-inch blooms of pink-edged white, held wide open like old-fashioned tutus. Fragrant, floriferous, and long-blooming, 'Ballerina' is a gardener's treasure.

Arising from fat, rounded buds of bright pink, these small cupped, single blooms open in giant clusters (the hydrangea has nothing on 'Ballerina'!), each flower dotted with a round eye. This robust Rose reaches about 5 high and 3 feet wide as a shrub, or can be trained as a climber reaching up to 10 feet high! In either form, a fully-blooming plant is an amazing display of soft color, repaying a closer look with a sweet, delicate scent. And its light green foliage is attractive even when it isn't covered in the charming blooms.

'Ballerina' was introduced in 1937 from an R. multiflora seedling. It remains one of the most attractive, long- and late-blooming roses ever grown. Enjoy!

Plant in well-drained, fertile soil in full sun. Zones 5-10.

Genus Rosa
Variety 'Ballerina'
Item Form 2-Quart
Zone 5 - 10
Bloom Season Early Summer - Early Fall
Habit Compact
Plant Height 5 ft - 10 ft
Plant Width 24 in - 3 ft
Additional Characteristics Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Flower, Fragrance, Long Bloomers
Bloom Color Pink
Bud Shape Rounded
Flower Shape Cupped, Single
Foliage Color Light Green
Fragrance Light, Musk
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Vines and Climbers, Beds, Border, Ornamental, Outdoor
Restrictions Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Guam, Virgin Islands, Canada
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Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Average Based on 2 Reviews Write a Review
Depends on what you mean by "easy" care
violee from CA wrote (October 01, 2013):
On ballerina bush was a house-gift 40 years ago. Aside from being watered and pruned, it gets no attention, no fertilizer, is never sprayed for bugs, is in a very hot mostly sunny part of the garden, rocky and clay soil. It is not floriferous but it does provide satisfactory blooms throughout the longish season. The other ballerina bush is in an area with much better soil, shares feedings with other plants and is in full sun. It is by far a healthier looking rose bush, but it does not produce significantly more flowers, or over a longer period than the neglected bush. I can detect no fragrance in the flowers of either plant. Neither plant produces the lushness of blooms shown in the pictures, even during the peak season. However, without question, they are easy to grow.
Amazing Bloomer / Grower
Todd from Sanford NC from NC wrote (April 13, 2012):
Absolutely amazing! This rose grows quite quickly in moist (25% Clay 25% Sand 50% Black Cow). One season with no chemicals (just anti-deer spray) and they grew to over 4' high and 4' wide! The deer did keep them trimmed often as I can't spray every day but still they thrived. Truly does bloom all summer into fall in abundance! I would recommend this rose to anyone who wants a carefree rose. My roommate cut them back to the ground and they are, in april, in the North Carolina Sandhills, at 2.5' tall with buds abound! Simply amazing rose!
  • Butterflies like a lot of sunlight, so locate your garden in a sunny area.

  • If you live in a windy location, plant your butterfly-attracting plants near a building, fence, or hedge to protect them.

  • Plant a variety of nectar-rich plants, as well as shrubs and evergreens for shelter.

  • Since many butterflies and native flowering plants have co-evolved, try to put in some that are native to your area. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center provides lists of plants native to states and regions.

  • Certain colors are particularly attracting to butterflies – red, yellow, pink, purple, or orange blooms that are clustered or flat-topped, with a short flower tubes are especially attractive to adult butterflies.

  • Avoid using pesticides, especially around nectar-producing plants.

  • Provide a shallow source of water – try a birdbath with pebbles lining the bowl.

  • Place a rock in a sunny spot for butterfly basking and resting.

  • Create a "puddling area" by digging a shallow hole filled with compost or manure where rainwater will collect and release essential salts and minerals.

  • If you want butterflies to breed in your garden, put in some caterpillar food plants, such as parsley, milkweeds, asters, thistles, violets, clover, grasses, and Queen Anne’s Lace.

  • Since butterflies need nectar throughout the entire adult phase of their lives, try to create a design that will allow for a continuous bloom – when one stops blooming, another starts.


Upon receipt, a bare-rooted Rose should be immersed in water for several hours. Never let the plant dry out after soaking and before planting. If planting is to be delayed several days, keep moist (especially the roots) and store in a cool place. If plant ing is to be delayed a week or more, “heel in” the plant, temporarily cov er ing the roots with moist soil or peat. Plant in the spring in a location with at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. Roses are widely tolerant of soils, but happiest in a moisture retentive, well-drained soil slightly on the acid side and enhanced with humus or decayed organic matter.

Space 4 to 10 feet apart, depending on ultimate spread or use. In areas where temperatures drop below 0° F., set so that the bud union (if plants are budded) is 2 inches below ground level; in warmer areas, set so that the union is above or just about at ground level. Meidiland roses are grown on their own roots, and therefore, are not budded. Mound additional soil or compost around canes to a height of 2 inches from the cane ends to prevent moisture loss. When buds start to swell, usually about 7 to 10 days after planting, remove mounded soil or mulch. We recommend a 2-inch year-round mulch over the soil surface. A strong stake is advisable for the taller growing varieties if planted in a location subject to wind.


Many varieties display resistance to pests and disease; however, precautionary mea sures are advisable on a reduced schedule. Fertilize with a standard rose fertilizer after growth has com menced and periodically (as per instructions) up until late summer.

(Fertilizing in the fall can cause soft growth and subject plants to winter injury.) Prune Hybrid Teas, Floribundas, English, and other modern shrub types in early spring before new growth starts, removing any dead, weak or old wood and cutting the plant by 2/3 to 1/2 its length. Taller, more vigorous varieties can be pruned less to allow them to develop an attractive shrub form; however, flowering may be less continuous. Climbers should be pruned in early spring to remove only a few of the older, thicker canes that no longer flower well.

The remaining canes can be lightly pruned for shaping as needed. Old-fashioned types that don’t rebloom should only be pruned in midsummer after flowers fade to remove the older, thicker canes and shorten the remaining canes as needed for shaping.

Winter care for tree roses:

Once the night temperature averages below freezing for 3 to 4 weeks and the plants become dormant, trim the top canes about 5 or 6 inches. In zones 6 & 7, wrap the entire plant with strips of either burlap or stem-wrapping paper (like used on tree trunks). begin wrapping from the bottom of the trunk, overlapping the layers in and around the graft and the stems at the top of the plant, until only the tips are exposed.

In zones 4 & 5, wrap trunk and top as described and then staple a cylinder of tar paper around trunk. Then wrap a larger piece of burlap over the entire top of the rose, tying it tightly to keep it in place. Finally, mound 6 to 8 inches of soil around the base of the plant.