'Australia Felix' rose References
Website/Catalog (13 Jan 2019)
‘Mrs. R M Finch’. Medium, double, cupped. Pale pink. Often incorrectly confused with, sold or grown as Alister Clark’s ‘Australia Felix’, which it most definitely is not. 1.5m
Book (31 Mar 2010)
'Australia Felix'. HWich, pb, 1919, Clark, A.; bud small, globular; flowers pink and silver shaded lavender, semi-dbl., cupped, intense fragrance; foliage dark, glossy; vigorous, bushy growth. [Jersey Beauty × La France]. May be extinct. Rose sold under this name by most is really ‘Mrs. R. M Finch’, a polyantha.
Magazine (2000) Page(s) 21. Vol 12, No. 1.
Lilia Weatherly, Tas: ……Modern Roses V also states the chromosome count of some of the roses you name and the crosses are quite interesting. Australia Felix, Clark 1919 (21)
[ Jersey Beauty (14) x La France (21) ]
Book (2000) Page(s) 95. Includes photo(s).
‘Australia Felix’ = Hybride de Thé. See ref Botanica’s Roses..
Book (Apr 1999) Page(s) 387.
Australia Felix (Translation: "Felicitous Australia") Hybrid Tea. A. Clark 1919. Parentage: 'Jersey Beauty' x 'La France". The author cites information from different sources... soft pink, outer petals deep reddish pink... good foliage [glossy green]... 'La France' fragrance... Rain does not affect flowers
Book (1999) Page(s) 8. Includes photo(s).
Australia Felix – 1919. Jersey Beauty x La France. Polyantha Bush rose. Cupped, double, very fragrant, light pink to silver flowers with slight lavender shadings. In clusters, fully recurrent. Dark, smooth foliage. Few prickles. Flower: 20 petals, 65mm, 3 to 18. Bush 1.25m x 1m.
Book (1999) Page(s) 10.
Australia Felix. Clark. Australia. 1919. HT. Pink. (Available from:) Cottage, Country Farm, Evans, Gardeners, Golden Vale, Hedgerow, Hilltop, Melville, Mistydown, Nieuwesteeg, Rose Arbour, Roses Galore, Spring Park, Stoneman’s Thomas, Wagner.
Book (1998) Page(s) 95. Includes photo(s).
Australia Felix. Modern, large-flowered Hybrid Tea. Pink blend. Repeat-flowering.
The flowers of this variety open from small, rounded buds into moderately full blooms of cupped form. They are silvery pink with tints of lavender, have a pleasing fragrance, and appear through summer and autumn. The growth is average for a large-flowered Rose and it is reasonably vigorous, with a bushy habit and dark glossy foliage. This was one of over 100 roses raised by one of Australia’s most prolific raisers, Alister Clark (1860-1945*) Zones 4-9. Clark, Australia 1919. Seedling of Jersey Beauty.
[*Note - Alister died Jan 20, 1949 ]
Book (1997) Page(s) 181. Includes photo(s).
Caption to picture: Low-growing, soft pink ‘Australia’ Felix’ flowers generously over many months – an excellent choice for the front of the border.
Book (1997) Page(s) 250. Includes photo(s).
p250. Australia Felix. HT 1931(sic). ‘Jersey Beauty’ x ‘La France’. Small semi-double, cupped, fragrant flowers of silvery pink, on a low bush. Very recurrent. Plant came to us (without a name) from the Alstons and Eve Murray. Fits the description of ‘Australia Felix’ and distinctive shape of petals corresponds with old photographs. ‘Sweet Seventeen’ and ‘Fancy Free’ seem to be similar, and until our plant was identified I called it ‘Alister Clark’s Pink Floribunda’.