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'Minnie Francis' rose References
Book  (Dec 1998)  Page(s) 412.  
Minnie Francis Old. Noisette. Deep pink.
Born in the original home of Noisette Roses, South Carolina, USA, this plant has disappeared from trade and is only found in a few gardens. The deep pink, often light red flowers open from long and pointed buds. These blooms are extra large, fragrant and full. There is a long summer flowering. This modest climber can reach 6 ft (2m) tall and is disease resistant. It can be trained as a large shrub. Noisettes were the first roses bred in the United States. Zones 6-11. Griffing Nursery, USA 1895. Parentage unknown.
Book  (Apr 1993)  Page(s) 381.  
Minnie Francis Tea, deep pink, 1905, Griffing Nursery. Description.
Book  (Jun 1992)  Page(s) 50.  
Minnie Francis Tea. Noisette/Griffing, 1905. [Author cites information from different sources. The American Rose Annual says it originated on the Noisette farm at Charleston...]
Newsletter  (1984)  Page(s) 23. Vol 1, No. 2.  
Author unknown [?Joe M. Woodard, editor]  Hennessey on Tea Roses.
Minnie Francis  (Tea 1905)  Deep pink, small leaves that are healthy, though it grows well.
Book  (1983)  Page(s) 103.  Includes photo(s).
Minnie Francis (1905) Another old tea rose which has survived.  A strong grower with large medium-pink open flowers. 
Book  (1936)  Page(s) 279.  
Francis, Minne (tea) Noisette farm 1905; chamois, shaded velvety crimson, very large, double, fragrance 5/10, continuous bloom, growth 7/10, upright, bushy, 1.50 m.
Magazine  (1932)  Page(s) 23.  
"New Rose in my Garden"  Dorothy C. Reasoner (Mrs. N. A. Reasoner), Bradenton, Florida
...Then on the other side of the double walks that bound the central bed and against the hedge that bounds the garden on the east and west, I have a single row of the larger growing and more permanent longer-lived roses mostly of the pure "tea" class.  These include both Cochets, Minnie Francis, Lady Hillingdon, Madame Lambard, Duchess de Brabant, Alexander Hill Gray, Mrs. Dudley Cross, Mlle Franziska Kruger, Louis Philippe, Cecile Brunner, etc.
Book  (1926)  Page(s) 212.  
Mystery of 'Minnie Francis' Cleared Up. In Mrs. W. F. Allen's article in the 1924 Annual , reference was made to 'Minnie Francis', a rose which is at its best in the Tampa Bay section of Florida. There seemed to be some mystery about this rose, autborities recording it merely as an American Tea. The Southern Florist and Nurseryman reprinted the article, and in consequence received the following letter from Mr. Frank L. Bertschler, of the Griffing Nurseries, Beaumont, Texas, published in tbeir issue of May 30. 1924:

"In the Florist of May 23, I noted in Mrs. AlIen's article on 'Roses in Florida' several references to the 'Minnie Francis' rose which had entirely escaped my notice in the Annual. The fact that it is referred to as having a mystery about it may give interest to the following description quoted from the Griffing Brothers' catalogue under date of December 1, 1905:
'Minnie Francis' (T.) This is a new Tea rose, originating on the Noisette farm at Charleston. A member of our firm secured the original stock from the owners a few years ago. We have tested it in our grounds and find it to be of special merit, and have named it as above, considering it worthy of the name of a sister of the Griffing Brothers. It is the best-growing Tea rose we have ever seen, making a very large, strong bush in one season, and in two or three years will make a spread of from 4 to 6 feet. Flowers are extra large and full; buds long and pointed; color fine chamois-red, richly shaded with velvety crimson; very sweet and a constant bloomer. We recommend it as extra fine.'"
Book  (1926)  
p125.  Mrs. A. G. Cummer, Jacksonville, Fla.  Rose Experiences in North Florida.
The roses I believe best for Florida are .... Minnie Francis.

p129.  Grace O. Edwards.  Roses About Orlando.
A list of other roses doing well in the state includes .....Minnie Francis

p131. Louis P. Bosanquet.  Fruitland Park, Fla.  Roses in the Florida Lake Region.  
I have about a hundred varieties of roses, and the strongest growing of the bush roses are Teas.  They are: 'Mme. Lambard', 'Safrano', 'Mrs. B. R. Cant', and a rose I bought as 'Maurice Bouvier' but which I cannot  find listed in Standardised Rose Names.  Not far behind these come .....and Minnie Francis.
Book  (1925)  Page(s) 114.  
An Editorial Comeback.  Is the South Growing the Right Roses?
....The editor does not guarantee that these roses will do better than Hybrid Teas for southern growers, but if the Hybrid Teas are not altogether satisfactory, give these a trial: All tea Roses:   ....Minnie Francis.
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