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'Pookah' rose Description
'Pookah' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Rupert, Kim L.
Availability:
Commercially available
Synonyms:
HMF Ratings:
12 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT.  
ARS:
Light pink Polyantha.
Registration name: Pookah
Exhibition name: Pookah
Origin:
Bred by Unknown Chinese Breeder(s) (China, before 1965).
Introduced in India by Friends Rosery in 1965 as 'China 65'.
Introduced in United States by Burlington Rose Nursery in 2009 as 'Pookah'.
Class:
Polyantha.  
Bloom:
Light pink, white center.  None / no fragrance.  Average diameter 1".  Medium, single (4-8 petals), cluster-flowered, in large clusters bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Habit:
Short, compact.  Medium, matte, medium green foliage.  7 leaflets.  
Height of 4' to 5' (120 to 150 cm).  
Growing:
Can be used for beds and borders, container rose or garden.  
Breeder's notes:
Jim Delahanty: The rose is easy to grow and roots easily. The blooms are generous once the plant matures in about a year or so, although the color is weather sensitive--high heat will lighten the pink significantly.

The name is dervied from a Celtic spirit who is both mischievous and benevolent--think of the invisible rabbit in the play 'Harvey,' or the movie with Jimmy Stewart. This is a rose absolutely crying to be planted for mass effect color.
Notes:
Malcolm Manners advised:
Jim Delahanty registered and introduced this rose in the USA, and we can all be grateful for that! But I don’t believe Jim ever claimed to have been the “breeder” of the rose (I notice in the Member Comments here, that he said "I haven't a clue as to the breeding lines") Actually, it has a longer and more international history: Jim received the rose long ago from India, via friends who got it from Mr. J P Agarwal of Friends Rosery, Lucknow. Mr. Agarwal had named it “China 65,” the name under which it is still grown in India (and likely should be listed as synonymous here). Mr. Agarwal originally imported it from the famed Fa Tee Nursery in Guangzhou, China, in 1965. I don’t know any more of its history before that. From the 1996 Friends Rosery Catalogue (text written by the son, Mr. Ashok Agarwal): "China 65. New. An introduction from China. An exceptional beauty in dwarf polyanthas. My father was simply mesmerized by its medium pink huge clusters of conical shape."
 
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