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'Francfort Agathé' rose References
Book  (Sep 1993)  Page(s) 38, 163.  Includes photo(s).
Page 38: Parentage unknown. ('Pope Pius IX') Taller than the Gallica norm, arching branches. Flowers: small, pink with washes and tones of mauve and violet, fragrant. Thought to be related to Rosa cinnamomea. Agathe was the heroine of Weber's immensely popular opera of 1821, Der Freischütz, and several roses were named after her around that time.
Page 163: [Photo] 'Empress Josephine' (Rosa francofurtana, R. turbinata, 'Frankfurt Rose'). Gallica. The flowers are large for an Old Garden Rose... light and deep pink, with shadings and veinings of mauve and violet... not much fragrance... short and compact... parents might have been R. gallica and R. cinnamomea.
Book  (Apr 1993)  Page(s) 4, 160.  
Page 4: Gallica, light pink, 1818 (R. gallica agatha (Thory) Loiseleur).
Book  (1993)  Page(s) 6.  
The Agatha rose is, or was, large-flowered, known in Provence about 1435. Varieties: 'Admirable Agatha', 'Beautiful Iris Agatha', 'Beloved Agatha', 'Agatha of the King', 'Agatha Triumph of Venus', 'Agatha Great Sultana', 'Agatha Supreme', and 'Voluptuous Agatha'. Few remain of that prolific family, but Edward Bunyard mentioned the 'Agathes' as smaller editions of the cabbage rose.
Book  (1993)  Page(s) 29.  Includes photo(s).
Book  (1991)  Page(s) 20, 52.  Includes photo(s).
Page 20: The story goes that it was brought to England by emigres, but there is no record in the old French books of a variety of this 'Frankfurt Rose' being named after the Empress.
Page 52: [Photo] There is no record in any old French book of a rose named after Napoleon's first wife. Description... Only slightly scented... full gracious flowers, appearing later than most, reputed to have been brought over to England by the émigrés during the French Revolution.
Book  (1988)  Page(s) 46, 47.  Includes photo(s).
L'Imperatrice Josephine' (Empress Josephine), (Rosier de Francfort, Pius IX) A Gallica hybrid, probably with R. majalis as the other parent, known since 1820. Description... can be recognized by its wide stipules.
Book  (1988)  Page(s) 14.  Includes photo(s).
Book  (Dec 1985)  Page(s) 28, 152.  Includes photo(s).
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Page 152: 'Agatha', R. francofurtana agatha, Europe, SW Asia. Possibly R. gallica x R. pendulina. Although somewhat taller, it is thought to be a relative of 'Empress Josephine'. Flowers slightly smaller and of a deeper pink shade than those of the 'Empress' and with a stronger scent. Densely arching growth. Few thorns. 5' x 4'
Website/Catalog  (1985)  Page(s) 8.  
Agatha (Gallica) This rose is highly scented and pale pink in colour.....
Book  (1984)  Page(s) 45.  
‘Agatha’: Section Gallicanae – Formes de Rosa x francofurtana. Hauteur 1m80. Une forme de l’hybride type qui s’en distingue par davantage de vigueur, des fleurs plus petites, de forme moins régulière, d’une nuance pourprée plus accentuée, et douées d’un parfum mieux affirmé.
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