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'Alba Odorata' rose References
Website/Catalog  (2005)  Page(s) 13.  
“Musgrove Mill” (Found, Stan Henry, Roses Unlimited) The date and origin of this large, vigorous climbing rose are unknown, but it was found on the grounds of Musgrove Mill, in South Carolina—site of an important Revolutionary War engagement. Fragrant cream-colored blooms are cupped and double, with a brush of yellow at the heart. The plant is well-clothed with foliage in theWichurana style. Though similar to ‘Gardenia,’ (Rambler, Horvath, 1899, R. wichurana x ‘Perle des Jardins’), this foundling is fully remontant, blooming well from May into September.
Book  (Apr 1993)  Page(s) 6.  
Alba Odorata Hybrid Bracteata, white, anthers yellow, 1834, (R. bracteata alba odorata, R. microphylla alba odorata); Probably a hybrid of R. bracteata and a Tea rose; Mariani. Description.
Book  (1937)  Page(s) 75.  
odorata Hort. (bracteata x laevigata)
Book  (1936)  Page(s) 8.  
Alba odorata (bracteata) Levet 1874; white, center straw-yellow or whitish pink, medium-large, double, flat, floriferous, repeats well, ovoid glossy foliage, strong branches, growth 9/10, climbing. Sangerhausen
Book  (1935)  Page(s) 146-147.  
....Rosa microphylla alba odorata, the rose of the southern belle and the grande dame of the past, a rose desired for sentimental association more than any other rose we have known....Rosa microphylla alba odorata, very sweet-scented, differs in several ways from Rubra [Ed. note: Rosa roxburghii]. It is very tough-wooded, branching, luxuriant grower which will climb if given a place and support. A three-year-old plant on the south side of the house...not far from us is approaching the second sotry and will be there another spring. The abundant foliage is very glistening, very beautiful - seven obovate leaflets, smooth, of olivish green color. The prickles, in pairs, turn down. The strangest feature is that where the usual arrangement in a clustering rose is a bract or two at the base of the flower stem, this rose has about seven bracts, overlapping and encircling the stem. Very fragrant, indeed, very full, the bloom opens its outside petals first, then takes time to unfold and pointed center, sometimes making a poor job of it because of damp nights; when expanding well, the full-blown rose is a warm creamy white deep cup, with a soft pale yellow center, the inner petals ruffling and filling the cup to the center, where may be discovered tiny nips of the red of the stamens and pistil....Whether a Tea rose entered into making of Rosa microphylla alba odorata or not, no one seems to know....That the family is really Rosa microphylla is doubtful. Rivers considers that it partakes as much of the Macartney or R. bracteata..and regards it as a complete hybrid. Paul refuses to list it under Rosa microphylla and places it under R. bracteata. A great grower in the right place, the rose seems to prefer a dry, hot situation and blooms best against a south wall in our climate. Our observation is that it likes a light soil rather than clay and can take up considerable fertilization, dying back when too wet or starved; better kept dry and rich....
Magazine  (Nov 1925)  Page(s) 273.  
Feu Antoine Levet dont les cultures étaient à Montplaisir fut un rosiériste émérite, excellent cultivateur. Ses succès comme semeur firent sensation. Nous lui devons 89 variétés parmi lesquelles un certain nombre sont encore cultivées actuellement. Nous citons les meilleures: ....Rosier Macartney: 1874 Alba Odorata
Book  (1912)  Page(s) 174.  
Alba Odorata, or Marie Leonida, the Climbing Michrophylla [sic], is a very handsome rose. It is so densely covered with strong, prominent prickels that training or handling the vine in any way, is difficult. The prickly stems make cut-roses almost impossible.
Magazine  (1907)  
En consultant la Revue horticole, tome II (1832 à 1834), je trouve la note suivante : Rosa microphylla alba odorata ou Rosa bracteata flore plena. Cette belle Rose, obtenue de semis à Milan, par M. Mariani, avait d'abord paru se rapprocher beaucoup de notre ancienne Rosa microphylla, et on lui avait
donné le nom (avec l'épithète alba odorata ; mais en l'étudiant mieux, on a vu qu'elle ...
Magazine  (1902)  Page(s) 28.  
[In an article by Viviand-Morel discussing Rosa bracteata] The horticultural varieties of Rosa Bracteata number two, namely: alba odorata and Maria Leonida. Alba odorata is shown in catalogs as having been put in commerce by Levet in 1874.
Book  (1892)  Page(s) 44.  
[In the section on The Microphylla or Small-Leaved Rose (Rosa Microphylla)] They are not quite hardy and have with one exception but little value. Alba or Alba Odorata seems to have some Tea blood: the flowers are a pale yellowish white, often pure white, and highly scented. This is a valuable rose south of Washington.
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