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Initial post today by mamabotanica
Anyone know of a recent US source for this?
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Initial post today by Zingiber
Bought this one on a whim, and now I have had it for one spring and summer. The foliage is ornamental, being the nicest of any rose I have seen - it is dark green, flat, rounded and exceptionally shiny. The canes are fat (even obese!) and strongly vertical. Vigour seems decent. The fragrance in the nursery was very good. The second flush of flowers has sadly only just started to come out now, but the fragrance is superlative - better (richer/more complex/balanced/something?!) than the first flush, and very strong. I am not good at naming scents, but I think it is what people call the 'old rose' smell. At any rate, I would buy a rose for a fragrance like this alone, so the description of 'moderate fragrance' seems off! I would class this one with the very best. The flowers seem quite long lived.
Both spring and summer have been wet, hot and humid here, with 17 days between 25 and 35 degrees in the last month; but the only disease so far has been a few leaves with light blackspot (which I did spray for).

All in all, my first impressions are highly positive. More frequent flowering would be nice, and even less disease (all my roses I chose for disease resistance, and most of the others have not even been touched by anything this season), but the bush is still young.
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Discussion id : 108-649
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Initial post yesterday by CybeRose
The New Plantsman 1(1): 10-13 (March 1994)
Rosa roxburghii: the species, its forms and hybrids
Graham Stuart Thomas
During his experimental work with the parentage of roses at Cambridge in the second quarter of this century, Dr C.C. Hurst raised seedlings of this cross [micrugosa], one of which was named R. x micrugosa 'Alba'. Apart from being of rather more upright habit, it is in other respects a replica of the original but of important garden value because the white flowers are produced not only at midsummer, but onwards throughout the growing season. They are, moreover, very fragrant. This might prove to to be a fertile parent and thus bring both species into today's hybrids. They would be very hardy.
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Discussion id : 61-875
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Initial post 9 FEB 12 by Jerome Molokie
Having grown this rose for only 11 months now, I am very pleased with it. It has beautiful growth habit, lots of foliage (the description says "medium green" but to my eye it's darker, with bronze new growth and stems that stay a mahogany color - most attractive) and bushy habit. It does send out some longer shoots, but where I have it planted it is not an "octopus". Its flowers are very fragrant and produced with regularity. After the experience of these past 11 months - I liked Young Lycidas so much that I ordered more bare root plants to put in this season as well. A very nice rose.
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Reply #1 of 5 posted 17 AUG by mamabotanica
Still doing well? I bought a Barbara Streisand own root hybrid tea for the lovely purple color and fragrance but in the photos on here some look more silvery than I like. Wondering if I should gift it to someone and plant Young Lycidas in that spot (Bright morning and afternoon sun but full shade from about 2 pm onward in my warm zone 10 Pasadena garden.
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Reply #2 of 5 posted 17 AUG by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Barbra Streisand as own-root gives me a hard-time in hot & dry weather. The color is dull-gray-purple. Leaves fried in full-sun at mid 80 F. So I moved Barbra to 4 hours of morning sun .. bloomed well with tons of acidic rain & flash flood. Then we got into hot & dry and I watered with my alkaline-tap water for only 4 days, and Barbra immediately broke out in blackspot (so wimpy as own-root). In contrast, folks report about Young Lycidas: 1) good for the vase 2) can take full-sun 3) leaves are similar to Sharifa Asma, and Sharifa Asma behaves well in hot & dry as own-root for me.
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Reply #3 of 5 posted 23 AUG by Jerome Molokie
Yes...it's still plugging along. Great rose
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Reply #4 of 5 posted 3 days ago by mamabotanica
How big is it in your garden? I have a small spot that I could fit a smallish rose in (3x3 ideally but 4x4 could work) and I know that Austins are notorious for growing to gargantuan proportions in Southern California. Does she stay petite or perhaps pruning to keep her under control?
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Reply #5 of 5 posted today by Jerome Molokie
I'd say it would be easily maintainable at 4 x 4 or even smaller. At least that's been the experience here at the abbey.
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