[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'
, 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...