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William C. Egan  rose photo courtesy of member CybeRose
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Garden and Forest 6(285): 335, 337 (Aug 9, 1893)

IN the year 1891 Mr. Jackson Dawson fertilized a flower of Rosa Wichuraiana with pollen of General Jacqueminot, and in December he planted four seeds which resulted from this cross. The seedlings appeared in January, 1892, were grown in pots during the summer and wintered in a cold pit. All bloomed in June of this year, which is rather remarkable, since few seedling Roses bloom before the second or third year. These plants differ materially, although they all show to some degree the trailing habit of the seed parent. One of them has single pale pink flowers, borne in clusters, and is intermediate in habit between the two parents. Another one bore double flowers of a pale flesh color, which did not open well, owing to damp weather. The third one has a prostrate habit, with rosy pink flowers borne in clusters of four or five from every joint of its last year's wood. It received a first-class certificate from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society at its Rose Show in June. The fourth plant, of which an illustration will be found on page 337, is not as prostrate in habit as Rosa Wichuraiana, and its broader leaves have a glossy surface. The solitary flowers are very double, and in shape and color resemble those of Souvenir de la Malmaison, although they are smaller. The plant continues in bloom a long time and promises to be very useful.

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