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Wichuraiana Hybrids
[From In Praise of Ramblers, by Otto Greef, p. 111:] The first Wichuraiana hybrids were produced by M.H. Horvath in the 1890's, and were introduced by Manda, of South Orange, N.J., in 1898 or 1899 as 'Manda's Triumph', 'Pink Roamer', 'South Orange Perfection', and 'Universal Favorite'. Horvath states that the original hybrids were produced by using pollen of the old Bengal, 'Agrippina', and a forgotten pink polyantha on R. wichuraiana. Horvath's success encouraged M.H. Walsh, of Woods Hole, Mass., who did more than any one else for the Rambler family. Between 1901 and 1918 he originated some three dozen varieties... [including] 'Excelsa', 'Lady Gay', 'Hiawatha', 'Evangeline', and 'Mrs. M.H. Walsh'...

[From Roses: An Illustrated Encyclopaedia..., by Peter Beales, p. 313:] A number of breeders used [R. wichuraiana or one of its offspring] with much success around the turn of the century... Apart from a proneness to mildew in a few varieties, these are among our healthiest roses. They are easy to grow... For the best results prune them immediately after flowering...

[From The Graham Stuart Thomas Rose Book, p. 236:] flowers verging towards yellow or salmon coupled, usually, with extra glossy foliage [are] two characters which result from using Tea Roses crossed with R. wichuraiana

[From Climbing Roses, by Stephen Scanniello and Tania Bayard, p. 6: Wichuraiana Hybrids] were considered superior to the multiflora hybrids because they have shiny, long-lasting leaves... canes that are even more pliable than those of the multifloras... a longer flowering period... [they are] more disease resistant...

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