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Hardy Roses for South Dakota
(1929)  Page(s) 16.  
‘Agnes’. – Originated, 1900, by Dr. W. Saunders, Director of the Central experimental farm, Ottawa, Canada. A hybrid of Rosa rugosa with Persian Yellow as the pollen parent. It bloomed first in 1902. This variety has not been tested at Brookings, but, judging by the pedigree, it will no doubt be found hardy. The buds are coppery-yellow and pale to amber-gold on opening. Flowers double, pale amber, fragrant. This Rose was recently awarded the Van Fleet Gold Medal by the American Rose Society for the most distinct Rose of a new type originated in America.
Niels Ebbesen Hansen
This rose was received from Russia in the fall of 1906, and was selected by N. E. Hansen at the Regel & Kesselring Nursery at St. Petersburg, on the 1906 tour enroute to Siberia.
Flowers large, fragrant, semi-double, with as high as 46 petals, with many stamens. The color is a brilliant red with no purple in it. The plant is hardy. Flowers abundant in June but not throughout the season.
This rose is worthy of propagation owing to its bright red color and hardiness. No notes as to the origin of this rose are available at the present time.
Since the full name, Rosa gallica grandiflora, is too long for every day use, the name, Alika, adapted from the Latin name (with the "i" as in "like"), has been given for convenience in recent years by the writer.
(1929)  Page(s) 24.  
Rosa rugosa. Height 6 feet. A trifle exotic in appearance because of its rough, dark green, shiny fohage. Stems are thickly covered with gray prickles. Flowers large, single, in some seedlings an ugly shade of rose, followed by large orange or red haws. The hybrids of this rose are better in flower and foliage and look less exotic, particularly Mme. Georges Bruant and Arnoldiana
(Jun 1929)  Page(s) 8-9.  Includes photo(s).
Fer the prairie Northwest, hardy rose stocks are a real problem. The rose Semi which I brought from Semipalatinsk, Siberia, may help. It was introduced last year as Semi; it is Rosa laxa, Retz, which I grew from seed collected on the dry steppes of Semipalatinsk, Siberia, on my 1913 tour. It grows very tall. We have p.Iants 8 feet high and fully 13 feet across. This interesting wild rose has been described under many synonyms. The present name is given to distinguish it from other importations. It is native of the Altai Mountains, central Siberia and extending westward to the Semipalatinsk region. It should not be confused with R laxa, Lindl., which is a variety of Semipalatinsk.
(1929)  Page(s) 14.  Includes photo(s).
"Professor N.E. Hansen Rose. Flowers large; an intense bright, rich, velvety red, with no purple or blue in them; very fragrant. Blooms throughout the season in clusters. The plants are thorny. Foliage glossy, typical rugosa, thick and leathery. This variety was originated in 1892 by Professor J. L. Budd of the Iowa State College, Ames. The present writer, as assistant in this work, was honored by having this rose named in his honor by Professor J. L. Budd. Some 1,300 flowers of Rosa Rugosa, the Siberian form imported by Professor J. L. Budd, were operated upon.

Many good double-flowered varieties resulted from this work and were distributed to a limited extent, but most of the stock was lost in later years by accident. The pollen used to produce this rose is not known, but it may have been from the General Jacqueminot, as this was the main variety used; however, the cup-shape reminds one of the American Beauty."
(1929)  Page(s) 12.  
Hansa.—Hybrid rugosa. Origin: Schaum, 1905. Flowers large, double, fragrant, and freely produced throughout the season until frost, on a strong, very thorny plant. The color of the flowers is remarkable, a deep purplish red, sometimes called reddish violet, or violet red. The Hansa is one of the hardiest and best varieties tested both at Brookings and Sioux Falls. On their own roots the plants make a splendid rose hedge four to five feet in height, in bloom all summer. The immense rose-hips or fruits add to the beauty of the plant. It is another argument for having Rosa rugosa hybrids on their own roots.
(1929)  Page(s) 36.  
'Semi Rose' - Introduced by N. E. Hansen, 1927. A tall growing upright shrub, fully eight feet in height, with hooked prickles in pairs. Flowers, small, white, blooming all summer, followed by bright red fruits. This is Rosa laxa, Retz., grown from seed collected in 1913 on the dry steppes of Semipalatinsk, Siberia. The plant may prove useful as a budding stock for other roses or for hedges and screens. An occasional bush has light pink flowers. This interesting wild rose has been described under many synonyms. The present name is given it to distinguish it from other importations. Native of the Altai region. It should not be confused with Rosa laxa, Lindl., which is a variety of Rosa blanda, Ait. The name 'Semi', is an abbreviation of Semipalatinsk, where the seed was collected by N. E. Hansen in 1913.
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