The rose Mermaid was bred in the United Kingdom prior to 1917 by William Paul and Son. William Paul established his nursery in Waltham Cross, UK in 1860 and his sons took over the operation and continued breeding roses after he died in 1905. The Mermaid was created by crossing a Rosa bracteata JC Wendl and a tea rose. The result of that crossing is a huge climbing rose that produces large light-yellow blooms that fade to white as they age. Mermaid roses will grow anywhere from 15 to 25 feet tall and will spread out to widths of about 20 feet across at full maturity. The blooms on the rose Mermaid will be single blooms with just a few petals, about 4 to 8, and they will average around 5 inches in diameter with a mild fragrance. The Mermaid is a very thorny rose as it grows and it lends itself well to a wide variety of supports.