'Baby Faurax' rose References
Book (1993) Page(s) 64. Includes photo(s).
‘Baby Faurax’. Polyantha. ‘Baby Faurax’ is thought to be a dwarf sport of the Rambler ‘Veilchenblau’, which carries some of the most convincing bluish tones in the world of roses. While the blooms of ‘Veilchenblau’ are most variable in their color, ‘Baby Faurax’ is much more consistently amethyst. It is a dwarf in an already dwarf group, rarely growing more than 30 centimetres (12 inches) high. Foliage is a dull mid-green. The dainty flowers are quite fragrant. It was introduced by Leonard Lille of Lyon in 1924. The name was given in honor of a Belgian nursery. Parentage unknown. Repeat flowering. Fragrant.
Book (1993) Page(s) 98. Includes photo(s).
‘Baby Faurax’. A polyantha with purplish-pink, very double, small flowers. Raised by Lille in France, launched 1924. Repeat flowers continuously. Height to 30cm (1 ft). Little scent.
Book (Jun 1992) Page(s) 243.
Baby Faurax Polyantha. Lille, 1924. [Author cites information from different sources.]
Book (1984) Page(s) 90.
Patrick Hart. Downer, ACT. Old World Roses That I Love, symposium.
‘Baby Faurax’ (miniature 0.6 x 0.6m). Lilac, purple, blue. Double. Large sprays.
Book (1983) Page(s) 137.
‘Baby Faurax’ (1924). A free-flowering small-growing plant to about 45cm. the flowers are less than 25mm in size, appear in clusters and are reddish-violet with white in the centre and yellow stamens.
Website/Catalog (1980) Page(s) 7.
‘Baby Faurax’. Polyantha. (1924). 8 – 12 inches. Flowers repeatedly.
A dwarf plant that puts all its energy into flowering. Blooms in clusters of tiny buds opening to violet ¾ inch double flowers. Much of the color tones of the violet depend upon the mineral content of your soil – turns more violet where more iron is present, and will have tones of reddish-pink violet otherwise. The blossom cluster often has 50 buds – a miniature bouquet arranged by nature. Excellent for a garden border.
p61-3 Jack Harkness. Confessions of a Hybridist. It is helpful to know how many chromosomes per cell your plants have, because compatibility of chromosome numbers affects fertility. For example, if you cross a rose of 28 chromosomes with one of 14, as I did with ‘Pink Parfait’ (28) and ‘Baby Faurax’ (14), the egg cell of ‘Pink Parfait’ will contain 14 chromosomes, and the pollen cell of ‘Baby Faurax’ 7. Upon fusion of those two, an embryo of 14 plus 7, that is 21 chromosomes, will be conceived. When the 21 chromosome plant grows, and tries in turn to form pollen cells and egg cells, it will discover that half of 21 is 10½ and it will have great difficulty in setting seed, since it cannot readily pair off its chromosomes in multiples of seven, which is the rose’s nature.
p67-2 ibid. R. multiflora has already given much to the rose world, and I do not believe it has finished. It is a diploid, as are most of its derivatives, such as the dwarf polyanthas….It is in this strain that two surprising colour changes have been first noticed, namely….. and the lilac colours of ‘Baby Faurax’
Book (1978) Page(s) 157.
‘Baby Faurax’. Shortest. Amethyst. Remontant. P4. H1. *
R. multiflora astonishes us again with flowers of dark amethyst in ‘Baby Faurax’. They are small, very double, and fragrant. The plant does not distinguish itself by growing very much, being stumpy and rather ugly, which is a shame because the flowers are pretty. I recommend anyone to try it, because this is the nearest thing to a blue rose, and an interesting curiosity. The best way to grow it is in a pot in the greenhouse; let it stand outside after flowering. It is certainly not a Miniature, despite the descriptions to be found in some catalogues. It was raised by Leonard Lille of Lyon, and introduced in 1924. Speculation about its parentage has not found an answer, apart from a suggestion it may be a dwarf version of one of the Multiflora Climbers.
Book (1977) Page(s) 57.
Jack Harkness. The Roses in Our Lives. This strange colour arrived in 1909, in the form of ‘Veilchenblau’, a ‘Crimson Rambler’ seedling in greyish lilac with a white centre. It is very pretty, but unfortunately the pollen parent is not known and the name violet-blue was stretching it a bit. In 1911 ‘Amethyst’ was introduced, this was a sport of a ‘Crimson Rambler’ seedling called ‘Non Plus Ultra’ and it is reddish purple. In 1924, there arrived a ‘Veilchenblau’ seedling called ‘Rose Marie Viaud’, lilac purple. There was also a variety named ‘Violette’ brought out in 1921 with no parentage given but obviously a close relation to the others and ‘Violette’ has the darkest most spectacular colour of them all. Just to deepen the mystery a French nurseryman named Leonard Lille produced the dwarf, stumpy ‘Baby Faurax’ in 1924, which would appear to be a dwarf mutant of this strain and in my view is the best of the “blue” colours in roses to date.
Book (1975) Page(s) 145.
Mrs. W. Abrahams, Hunter Valley Rose Society, NSW. ‘Baby Faurax’ – the size of a miniature but classed as a polyantha. A lovely healthy dwarf growing plant with clusters of deep mauve flowers. NOT a mini and NOT suitable as a floribunda.