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'Adam Rackles' rose References
Newsletter  (Nov 2014)  Page(s) 23-24.  
The most unusual and certainly rarest rose named in this article caused somewhat of an excited stir at this year’s Mottisfont conference. That rose is ‘Adam Rackles’, a hybrid tea of 1905. Not a single volume of Modern Roses lists it. Of those who included rose lists in their books of that era, neither Parsons, Ellwanger, Pemberton, nor Henslow mention it. Simon and Cochet list it in the appendix of the 1906 edition of their Nomenclature. EuropaRosarium, Sangerhausen includes the rose in its 2007 catalogue....The coloring and texture of ‘Adam Rackles’ is such that several of us who saw it first in a vase and later on a bush in the South Garden asked each other if the flowers were real. A white rose with random, subtle-pink, almost cryptic stripes and ruffled edges, the texture and sheen create the appearance of a highly glazed ceramic or fine porcelain china, or even as though carved out of pearl. From certain angles the rose looks opalescent. Touching the remarkable petals confirms that it is indeed alive and all the more lovely for being so. That such an exquisite rose disappeared from the nursery trade and is threatened with extinction is nothing short of a calamity. ‘Adam Rackles’ was named for a wine merchant of Frankfurt am Main, Germany, who supposedly invented apple wine, a clever and logical marriage of wine and roses.
Website/Catalog  (2002)  Page(s) 6.  
'Adam Rackles'. 1905. Hybrid Tea. Speckled pink and cream scented double flowers with distinct waxy petals on an open sturdy bush. Repeats. To 1.75m.
Book  (Apr 1999)  Page(s) 385.  
Adam Rackles Hybrid Tea. Rommel 1905. Sport of 'Mme. Caroline Testout'... light pink...
Book  (Nov 1993)  Page(s) 122.  
Many plants sport new and different roses, and one of the most beautiful of these is 'Adam Rackles', which is a sport of the bush form of 'Mme. Caroline Testout'. A flower that looks as if it is made of wax or satin, it is marbled and not striped, pale pink and white. We are lucky enough to have a plant at Roseneath that has reverted back to 'Mme. Caroline Testout' and has both types of flowers on it. It flowers from spring to autumn on a bush that is well over 1m high.
Book  (1993)  Page(s) 112.  Includes photo(s).
Hybrid Tea. Rommel (Germany) 1905. A sport of 'Mme. Caroline Testout'. Repeats. Height: 8 ft. Slight scent.
Book  (Jun 1992)  Page(s) 273.  
Adam Rackles Hybrid Tea. Rommel, 1905. Sport of 'Mme Caroline Testout' [Author cites information from different sources.]
Book  (1964)  Page(s) 97.  
Nancy Steen. In Search of a Name. Many years ago we were sent, from several older settled areas, a large, striped rose - the colour varying a little from district to district, and from season to season. ......the rose was extremely prickly.... Mr. G. S. Thomas of Surrey volunteered to grow on some bud-wood we sent him....Then, out of the blue, this last winter came a positive identification from two sources. Unknown to each other, Mr., G. S. Thomas and Mr. L. A. Wyatt...had come to the conclusion that the rose was none other than 'Adam Rackles, a striped sport of our old favourite 'Mme. Caroline Testout'.....So after years of endeavour, one mystery was solved, and correctly, for recently one branch of the striped 'Adam Rackles' reverted and produced the self-coloured blooms of 'Mme. Caroline Testout'.
Book  (1936)  Page(s) 594.  
Rackles, Adam (HT) Rommel 1905; sport of Testout; pink, striped and streaked, base white, very large, double, growth 7/10, upright, like Testout. Sangerhausen
Book  (1906)  Page(s) 171.  
Roses annoncées pendant l'impression
10.954. Adam Rackles, Hybride de Thé, Rommel 1905 rose fond blanc
Magazine  (May 1905)  Page(s) 26.  
New Roses for 1905...Breeder: Nikolaus Rommel, Bernheim.
Adam Rackles (Hybrid Tea). Sport of Caroline Testout. Very large, double, pink on white base, striped and streaked like calico, most magnificent appearance among Roses.
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