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'Rosa rubiginosa 'Amy Robsart'' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 107-339
most recent 8 JAN HIDE POSTS
Initial post 8 JAN by mtspace
Amy Robsart builds up at a rather measured pace, here in the mountains of AZ. It has long canes that are not highly branched, and these canes might easily reach eight or ten feet. It needs some structure to hold it up, but not much. The foliage is deliciously redolent of green apples in much the same way as R rubiginosa, the eglantine rose, especially on moist spring mornings. The flowers are close to two inches across and in a coolish shade of pink that goes well with the rose's foliage. It is remarkably tolerant of light shade, poor soil, drought, and utter neglect, which is pretty much what it gets in my own garden.

My guess is that in places with better conditions and less laissez-faire cultural practices it could well turn into a monster, if it is not meticulously and regularly pruned. The good news, though, is that the canes seem to stay green and vital, aging fattening, and weakening more slowly than those of some roses (thinking of Abraham Darby...) And this means that while the rose's size remains in bounds, pruning is rarely necessary.

I cannot say I would recommend planting this rose for its blooms. But I do love having a spot in the garden where I can always find green apple smell.
Discussion id : 45-126
most recent 25 MAY 10 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 24 MAY 10 by Joseph Baiocchi
The pollen parent referenced on the description and lineage pages is R. Foetida, but the all of the reference entries indicate an unspecified HP or Bourbon. Is there any compelling evidence one way or the other?
Reply #1 of 3 posted 24 MAY 10 by HMF Admin
If we do not match the references then most likely a site guest commented and we made the change. Unfortunately we do not seem to have that comment. We'll see what we can find. Meanwhile, if any site guests can confirm this parentage please let us know.
Reply #2 of 3 posted 25 MAY 10 by jedmar
The reported parentage is from the Sangerhausen catalogue of 1988, which has detailed information to the various cultivars of Lord Penzance. There must, however, be an earlier source on which these are based.
Reply #3 of 3 posted 25 MAY 10 by HMF Admin
We've added a reference for Sangerhausen
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