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The Western Journal
 
(1848)  Page(s) 140 - 148.  
 
[From an extensive article by Thomas Affleck, Mississippi:]
"The Cherokee Rose." At page 461, of vol. 1, of Terry & Gray's Flora of North America, will be found the following description of the plant named as the subject of this article. It is classed amongst the "naturalized species."
"Rosa laevegata - (Michx.): very glabrous; branches armed with very strong, often geminate curved prickles; leaves three- (sometimes five-) foliate; leaflets cariaceous, shiring, sharply serrate; stipules setaceous, decideous; flower, solitary, terminal; tube of the calyx ovoid, muricate with long, prickly bristles. Stem with long flexible branches, capable of being trained to a great length. Flowers very large, white."...Messrs. Torney & Gray, who are high aothority, speak positively on this point [of the foreign origin]. Prince, in his Catalogue of Roses, states it to be a native of Persia, but does not give his authority. ...The December (1831) number of the...Southern Agriculturist, (Charleston, S.C...) contains one of the (previously) unpublished manuscripts of the late Stephen Elliott, "upon the culture of the Cherokee or nondescript Rose as a hedging plant," in which occurs the following passage: "The history of this plant is obscure. It was cultivated before the Revolution by the late Nathaniel Hall, Esq., at his plantation, near Savannah river, and having been obtained from thence and propagated as an ornamental plant, in the garden of Mr. Telfair, and Messrs. Gibbons' of Sharon of Beach Hill, under the name of the "Cherokee Rose." It is probable that it was originally brought down from our mountains by some of the Indian traders....Michaux met with it in the gardens in Georgia, and perceiving it was an undescribed plant, he introduced it into the gardens near Charleston, as a nondescript Rose. Hence it has obtained in that neighbourhood the popular, but absurd name of "the Nondescript." In Georgia, it has always retained the name of the "Cherokee Rose."...
...plants and hedges now exist in full vigor and thriftiness, of from twenty to fifty years of growth, in various parts of South Carolina, Georgia and Mississippi.
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