'Madge Wildfire' rose References
Website/Catalog (1938) Page(s) 30.
Madge Wildfire (Hybrid Tea)... Sparkling Indian red, giving a rich and dazzling effect. Very large, grand substance and fine form. Vigorous, free branching habit. A variety suitable for either exhibition or garden. Subject to mildew. Very highly perfumed. Introduced 1932.
Book (1936) Page(s) 757.
Wildfire, Madge (HT) Dobbie 1932; glossy cherry-red with orange-scarlet, reverse light pink, very large, very double, cup form, fine form, high-centered, lasting, solitary or up to 3, fragrance 7/10, floriferous, continuous bloom, long strong stems, reddish foliage, slight mildewing, growth 6/10, upright, well-branched. Sangerhausen
Website/Catalog (1935) Page(s) 45.
New Roses 1934. Madge Wildfire HT.(Dobbie & Co. 1932) F. 2. .....The growth is not vigorous. This variety will probably do much better in inland climates
Book (1934) Page(s) 25.
Harry H. Hazlewood. The New Roses of 1934.
Although described as an Indian red Madge Wildfire (Dobbie) has so far only earned a position as a cerise pink. Admittedly it is a glorious bloom with a very unique colour, and is placed in the position of honour in this section. The flowers are large 30 to 55 petals with good shape, but the growth is undoubtedly Pernetiana and it would appear as if the variety will die back in winter. For those who can really grow Pernetianas it is a glorious thing but its Sydney and Brisbane performances need watching. One of our staff, holidaying in England, saw this variety in Chelsea Show last year, and urged us to watch its performance carefully. If it will grow satisfactorily it will be a winner.
Website/Catalog (1934) Page(s) 34.
New Roses 1934. Madge Wildfire (HT. Dobbie & Co. 1932) A grand novelty. The flowers are of huge size, grand substance and faultless formation, the colour being a glorious shade of sparkling Indian red, giving a rich and dazzling effect. A special feature of the flowers is their strong and delightful perfume. The growth is vigorous and free branching habit with attractive bronzy red foliage. A really all-round variety, being eminently suitable for exhibition purposes, but at the same time a first-rate rose for bedding and garden decoration, on account of the wealth of finely shaped blooms it provides. 4/- each.
Extremely vivid colours which, however, fade to pink. The blooms carry 30 to 50 petals, but there is too much Pernetiana in it apparently for the Sydney climate, otherwise a wonderful variety for dry climates.