Type: Climbing Roses

Very large 4" single canary yellow flowers (petals 5) opening to white are slightly scented having showy red stamens and are borne in clusters with glossy foliage and wicked thorns. A repeat blooming climber.

We are no longer growing Mermaid but will maintain this listing for reference purposes.

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Additional Info

Additional Info

Alternate Name(s) No
Specifc ARS Score 8.5
Bloom Type Single
Breeder Code No
Characteristics Fragrance, Shade
Specific Color Medium yellow
Country of Origin England
Fragrance Lightly Fragrant
Hardiness Zone(s) 7 (0° to 10°), 8 (10° to 20°), 9 (20° to 30°), 10 (30° to 40°)
Patent # No
Rebloom Repeat Blooming
Shade Tolerant Yes
Approximate Size 10-25' x 8'
Year 1918


Customer Reviews (6)

So vigorous, needs to be planted on North sideReview by Peggy
I was warned that it would be puny when it arrived, and that it would soon cover any old garage even in the shade. Both predictions were true. It was puny for a year or two, then it took off. Mermaid is gorgeous, blooms all the time, and its glossy dark-green leaves are completely disease-free, even here in foggy Berkeley, CA. I never feed it, I never spray it; and it does fine with the normal sprinkler schedule. During our drought last year, when we turned off the sprinkler, let the lawn die, and watered our other flowers from the buckets we kept in the shower to catch the water, I ignored Mermaid. She continued to thrive. But unfortunately I planted her on the south wall of our 2-story house. She's been there 20 years, has long covered the entire south wall (20-30') and has grown up to the roof and beyond. I've had a handy-man put up (invisible) wires, and in the last few years, added a few small stakes to help support the bottom branches, now the size of a dogwood branch. For the last few years, I've had to have the handyman give her an annual overall haircut (leaving the larger trunks, for continued support). She then looks like a skeleton – for about a week. But almost immediately the leaves reappear. Then the flowers. Soon she is gorgeous again. Her flowering stems are too short and her petals fall too quickly to make good cut flowers. But otherwise she is perfection. Everyone who walks by our house asks about her. We're the envy of the neighborhood. However, I wish I had planted her on the north side; I could save money on pruning! (Posted on 4/5/2016)
Mermaid is fabulous!Review by Jennifer
I have Mermaid in my garden. I absolutely love it too! It is very vigorous! I first noticed it in a garden in Bolinas, California (Bolinas means the whales in Spanish). It was climbing everywhere. I knew this was the rose for me too. It bloomed it's little heart out last summer and spring, I even saw some blossoms on it for Christmas! I highly recommend this rose! (Posted on 1/1/2016)
VigorousReview by Gabrielle
I have a nasty neighbor. He planted bamboo along the fence line. I planted this. It's beautiful, hangs over the fence, and keeps peekaboos out. The bamboo is long gone (purposely). The rose, and its buddy wisteria, live on. (Posted on 6/1/2014)
Not hardy at 5 degreesReview by Rock gardener
Well cared for, properly cared for, favorite rose in extensive garden because of its fabulous horizontal layering on my arbor, but, lost it in December of 2013 when it got down to 5 degrees--for only a few hours--plant well mulched. (Posted on 4/4/2014)
wonderfulReview by se
One of the most underrated roses. It is pretty even when the petals fall off. The middle part is pretty. I live in zone 5 & it is about 10-15 ft high. (Posted on 11/26/2013)
I love this roseReview by Homeselr
Very vigorous growing even in our heavy clay soil. I loved the flowers. They just bloomed and bloomed all summer. I have a large lot and bought several dozen various climbers with thorns for the back fence. These were the nicest. Flowers don't last long but stamens are pretty and plants don't need to be dead headed. My favorite of all the different roses we planted. We removed them last year. There were so many roses we could not keep up with the pruning/hedging and these plants were taking over the others. I found a volunteer yesterday and practically cried when I dug it out. (Posted on 5/21/2013)

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