'Little Gem' rose References
1986. Heritage Roses in Australia - 2nd Int Conf., Adelaide, 1986. Conference Proceedings.
p47 June Morley. Making New Old Roses. The seeds were gathered in late autumn 1983.... the slides shown were taken in spring 1985.....
Slide 6 shows 'Henri Martin', Moss, 1863. There are four interesting progeny from 'Henri Martin'
Slide 7 Shows seedling no. 149A from 'Henri Martin' = 'Little Gem'. Unfortunately the slide for 149B is missing. However, both 149A and 149B appear to be definitely dwarf in form, attaining heights of 43 and 42 cm respectively at the three year stage, whereas seedlings 149C and 149D from the same parent, were 86 and 90 cm tall at this same stage. Both 149A and 149B have semi-double blooms similar to those of the known parent, although the flowers are smaller. Graham Stuart Thomas (1955) lists a moss known as 'Little Gem', described as having lightly mossed buds, tightly packed blooms of uniform light crimson, opening to flat pompons, and termed a 'pretty little rose', although the height given is 4-5ft. Although the slide does not show this clearly, the blooms of 149A are close to the pompon form. 149A has a pink moss, while 149B has virtually no moss.
Slide 8 Shows seedling no. 149C = [? a seedling of] Henri Martin. As can be seen 149C is very similar to 'Hemi Martin'