'Rubifolia Elegans' rose Description
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Hybrid Setigera, Species Cross.
Pink. Medium, semi-double to double bloom form.
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This may have been the same variety that was cultivated in Ohio and Kentucky as 'Chillicothe Multiflora' and later renamed Rosa rubifolia elegans by Buist (1844). If so, it was mentioned (but not named) by Buist (1939): "...but there is a double variety of great beauty, that blooms at the same period;"
Buist (1944) also wrote, "It was in 1837 that we first saw a double variety of this rose, although such has been cultivated in Ohio and Kentucky for many years."
Mrs. Gov. Worthington, Eleanor Swearingen (1777- Dec 25, 1848). Mrs Worthington died Christmas Eve, 1848. So, when Buchanan suggested the name "Worthington's Rose' on June 15, Eleanor was elderly but still alive. Buchanan presented 'Worthington's Rose' to the Cincinnati Horticultural Society and may have meant the name as a memorial to her.
It may be that her son, Dr. Francis Asbury Worthington, (1819-1849), 10th child of Gov. and Mrs. Worthington.
also had the rose and passed it along to other gardeners, thus getting credit.
[This was one of the double flowered forms of the species collected in the wild.]