'Madame Norbert Levavasseur' rose References
Book (2005) Page(s) 121.
James Delahanty. The Romance of Polyanthas.
'Mme. Norbert Levavasseur' appeared in 1903, a cross between 'Crimson Rambler' and 'Gloire des Polyantha. 'Crimson Rambler' shot 15 to 20 feet in the air. The newly minted rose stayed small, around 15 inches or so. There were two major disadvantages to maximizing the popularity of 'Mme. Norbert Levavasseur': one was the existence of a name with eight syllables, seven soft consonants and a catarrh-like resonance; this was solved by a clever American marketer who condensed the original name to five syllables: 'Red Baby Rambler'. The other problem was that the medium red color blued badly at the end of the bloom cycle. Nevertheless, 'Mme. Norbert Levavasseur' engendered 31 first-generation crosses as well as a total of 6,624 descendants.
Book (Sep 1993) Page(s) 266. Includes photo(s).
Madame Norbert Lavavasseur ('Red Baby Rambler') Description... bunches of little crimson flowers, which 'blue' drastically with age... The rose is of particular note as the parent of 'Orléans Rose' from which most of the Popular Polyanthas were sports...
Book (Apr 1993) Page(s) 342.
Mme. Norbert Levavasseur Polyantha, medium red, 1903, ('Red Baby Rambler'); 'Crimson Rambler' x 'Gloire des Polyantha'; Levavasseur. Description.
Book (1990) Page(s) 130.
Mme. Norbert Levavasseur Polyantha. Levavasseur 1903. Description. 'Crimson Rambler' x 'Gloire des Polyantha'. Flowers: crimson-scarlet, small, semi-double... There is no doubt that this rose, more than any other, helped to establish this class firmly.
Website/Catalog (1962) Page(s) 28.
MADAME NORBERT LEVAVASSEUR (Levavasseur 1903). Rouge tournant au rouge violacé. VB [végétation basse].
Book (1958) Page(s) 252.
Mme. Norbert Levavasseur (Red Baby Rambler). Pol. (Levavasseur, '03.) Crimson Rambler X Gloire des Polyantha. Small, semi-dbl., cupped, slightly fragrant, crimson-red, center lighter, bluing badly; large cluster on long stem. Fol. glossy, dark. Bushy, dwarf.
Article (misc) (1954) Page(s) 43.
Mme. Norbert Levavasseur 14 chromosomes.
Magazine (Jun 1948) Page(s) 2. trimester, p. 22.
Mme Norbert Levavasseur, Crimson Rambler x Gloire des Polyanthas; Petite, demi-double, cramoisi, en grandes ombelles
Book (1947) Page(s) 173.
Dr. Walter E. Lammerts. Classification and Breeding of Polyantha Roses.
....Thus the 'Crimson Rambler', imported from Japan in 1893 as the Engineers Rose, was a vigorous climber having irregular double bright crimnson flowers which faded badly to blue. This variety was crossed by Levavasseur in 1903 to 'Gloire des Polyanthas' to give 'Mme. Norbert Levavasseur', a bushy dwarf plant of continuous blooming habit but still retaining the crimson flower which "blues badly". Evidently 'Gloire des Polyanthas' transmitted the dwarf everblooming habit from its R. chinensis ancestry. By crossing 'Mme. Norbert Levavasseur' with an unrecorded variety, Levasseur obtained and introduced in 1909 the famous 'Orleans Rose', typical of many true polyanthas.
Website/Catalog (1939) Page(s) 86.
Rosiers Polyantha remontants nains. (Dits Multiflores.) ... Madame Norbert Levavasseur Coloris rouge carmin très vif, florifère.