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'The Mermaid' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 110-617
most recent 9 MAY HIDE POSTS
Initial post 9 MAY by CybeRose
Roses, 1978, Page 45
Jack Leigh Harkness
Arthur Paul is reported to have said that 'Mermaid' was one of about a dozen seedlings from R. bracteata, pollinated by a double yellow Tea Rose. One of its sisters was introduced in 1919 as 'Sea Foam', but had a short lease of life, and that name was used again for a different rose in 1964.
Discussion id : 110-616
most recent 9 MAY HIDE POSTS
Initial post 9 MAY by CybeRose
History of the Rose - Page 90 (1954)
Roy E. Shepherd
This beautiful pillar rose, introduced in 1918, was created by W. Paul by crossing R. bracteata with an unknown yellow Tea Rose. Mermaid is not dependably hardy in the North, but the freedom with which it produces its large, single, pale sulphur-yellow flowers and the attractive foliage make it a very desirable rose and worthy of any protection it may require in the colder parts of our country. With its many desirable attributes, including fertility, it seems strange that there are but few progeny of Mermaid worthy of mention, and these are much inferior to the parent. SEA FOAM (Paul, 1919) bears small, double, white flowers and partakes more of its Polyantha parent than it does of Mermaid.  LEIPSIG (Kordes, 1939) is the result of crossing Eva with Mermaid, but the influence of the latter is again very slight. Apparently the characters of Mermaid are suppressed by those of the variety with which it is crossed, as Leipsig is a 3- to 4-foot shrub rose that bears semidouble, orange-scarlet blossoms in clusters and is recurrent in its bloom.
Discussion id : 61-139
most recent 5 FEB 17 SHOW ALL
Initial post 18 JAN 12 by goncmg
Tried this 6a and did not survive in any manner even close to what it did in 9a, Chico, California. in Chico it grew 30 feet up an old walnut tree, covered itself in huge 6 inch blooms, foliage was glossy and bright..............more than once over a 6 year period people knocked on our door to ask what the rose was when in full bloom............a one of a kind, LIVED through winters in 6a but was so unlike what it was in a better fitting climate when it succomed to a 3b winter in 6a 88-89 we never replaced it...............if you live warm, if you have space, YOU MUST TRY THIS ONE. 90+ years old and has been talked about the whole time and for a reason...............but simply unable to perform as it needs to in a cold climate.............IF ANYONE HAS GROWN THIS 7a/b or 8a/b I would like to hear your comments............
Reply #1 of 1 posted 5 FEB 17 by JasonSims1984
I am going to try rosa bracteata, its parent, in 7a. I am reasonably certain that it will grow well here. I want to cross is with rugosa and cold hardy things to create a genuinely evil monster of a rose [in a good way]. Crossing bracteata with Golden Wings I hope will create a Mermaid that can devour houses in cold climates.
Discussion id : 76-503
most recent 6 FEB 14 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 6 FEB 14 by CybeRose
American Rose Magazine 1(10): 3-5 (July-August 1934)
Rose Understocks

The lovely hybrid Bracteata, Mermaid, hesitates to accept any stock, willingly but with least objection unites with Rugosa.
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