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'Portlandica maxima' rose References
Book  (2012)  Page(s) 42.  
 
Rosier Portland...
(R. du Roi Sèvres
(R. Perpetuelle Lelieur Lelieur
(R. Portlandica maxima Pronville

[Brackets denote synonymity]
Book  (2003)  Page(s) 270.  
 
Rose du Roi Whether it was M. Souchet or his gardener M. Écoffay who grew his rose from seed is not clear, but in 1819 both were delight to see it in flower...M. Souchet's employer, in charge of the royal palace of St. Cloud, decided that the rose should bear his name of Comte Lelieur, but after Louis XVIII admire it, the name was changed to Rose du Roi...
Website/Catalog  (4 Jan 1999)  Page(s) 18.  Includes photo(s).
Book  (1997)  Page(s) 178.  Includes photo(s).
 
Rose du Roi ('Lee's Crimson Perpetual') Portland. Lelieur (France) 1815. 'Portland Rose' x R. gallica officinalis?. Description and cultivation... An important rose... sometimes classified as a Hybrid Perpetual... flowers: red mottled purple...
Book  (Nov 1994)  Page(s) 139.  
 
Rose du Roi (1819) breeders looking back on this rose dubbed it the first Hybrid Perpetual.
Book  (Apr 1993)  Page(s) 517.  
 
Portland (OGR), medium red, 1815, ('Lee's Crimson Perpetual'); Lelieur; Souchet. Flowers bright red shaded violet, semi-double, large; very fragrant; foliage clear green, slightly fluted; vigorous growth; remontant bloom. A parent of the first Hybrid Perpetual.
Book  (Feb 1993)  Page(s) 80.  Includes photo(s).
 
Rose du Roi Portland. Parentage: Reputedly 'Portland Rose' x R. gallica officinalis although the Gallica involvement has been questioned. Description and cultivation... Under its former named of 'Rose Lelieur' it was released in 1812, and in England it was released as 'Lee's Crimson Perpetual' in 1819... On seeing this rose King Louis XVIII asked for its name to be changed from 'Rose Lelieur' to 'Rose du Roi'... flowers: a rich bright red... important as a forerunner for the magnificent 19th century rose group Hybrid Perpetuals.
Book  (1993)  Page(s) 82.  
 
Portland ('Lee's Crimson Perpetual') Description. A great influence on our Modern Roses, being the channel through which we obtained the clear red colouring, first of all in the Hybrid Perpetuals, and from them in the Hybrid Teas of the present day. Flowers: crimson mottled with purple. Strong fragrance. Lelieur (France), introduced by Souchet, 1815.
Book  (1993)  Page(s) 83.  Includes photo(s).
 
('Rose du Roi', 'Lee's Crimson Perpetual') A Portland, important as parent of some Hybrid Perpetuals. Lelieur (France) 1815. Repeats. Height: 3 1/2 ft. Well scented.
Book  (Jun 1992)  Page(s) 17, 22.  
 
Page 17: Jacques, the King's gardener at Neuilly, developed from the Portland the hybrid 'Athalin', a variety which, like 'Malton', is an excellent seed-bearer. 'Athalin', crossed with 'Rose du Roi', would later give remontant roses having the Portland character -- a short and stiff flower stem, with the blossom nestling among the leaves -- which distinguished the first descendants of 'Athalin', varieties of feeble growth and weak remontancy. Rosarians gave these Portland-derived varieties the name Hybrid Portlands to distinguish them frm other remontant hybrids.
Page 22: 'Rose du Roi' ('Rose Lelieur', 'Lee's Crimson Perpetual') Damask Perpetual. Écoffay, Souchet, Lelieur, 1819. Descriptive information from primary sources. Several interesting entries about the genesis of its name; Robert Buist grew and recommended it and called it the "king of Perpetuals."
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