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'Prairie Dawn' rose References
Newsletter  (May 2018)  Page(s) 40.  Includes photo(s).
[From "Hardy Roses in Iceland", by Vilhjálmur Lúðvíksson, pp. 37-41]
'Prairie Dawn' bred by William Godfrey is yet another Canadian that has proven very hardy, wind tolerant and floriferous in Iceland but needs a sunny location. There are examples of plants growing up to 5 meters in height, flowering from June to frost.
Book  (2012)  Page(s) 114.  
Prairie Dawn. Medium pink. 25-28 [petals]. 60". Repeat.
A Parkland rose. Upright, lanky, arching. Nodding flowers of up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) across and mildly fragrant with golden stamens. Varies in coloration by soil. Fairly good repeat bloom. Light to medium green, glossy foliage. Prone to black spot, but very hardy (zone 3).
Book  (Dec 1998)  Page(s) 481.  
Prairie Dawn Modern Shrub. Morden (Canada) 1959... a warm shade of luminous pink...
Book  (Apr 1993)  Page(s) 465.  
Prairie Dawn Shrub, medium pink, 1959, 'Prairie Youth' x ('Ross Rambler' x ('Dr. W. Van Fleet' x R. spinosissima altaica)); Morden Exp. Farm. Description.
Book  (1967)  Page(s) 44-5.  
Some All-Canadian Roses
by Fred Blakeney, Victoria, B.C.
The Federal Department of Agriculture Experimental Station at Morden, Manitoba, has been carrying on a rose-breeding programme for over 42 years. It is now under the direction of Mr. H. F. Harp, the object in view being to develop a garden rose that will survive the cold winters of the Prairies. Furthermore, it aims to develop winter-hardy roses having the repeat-blooming characteristics, Hybrid-Tea form, fragrance, good plant habit with disease-resistant foliage. This is quite a programme, and one which of necessity must take a number of years to achieve. However, they are well on their way, and have produced the following varieties:
"Prairie Dawn", shrub, also introduced in 1959, is aresult of crossing "Prairie Youth", "Ross Rambler", "Dr. W. Van Fleet" and R. spinosissima altaica. This one grows to a height of 5 feet and is of upright habit. The foliage is dark green and glossy, while the flowers are 2 to 2½ inches in diameter, of a double, glowing pink with no trace of magenta or fading. It blooms from early July, and intermittently throughout the summer on the current season's wood, and it is hardy on the Prairies.
Article (misc)  (1955)  
Rosa Prairie Dawn, formerly R5685 (Rosa Prairie Youth x Morden sel. RV120). Height 3 feet; upright habit; foliage dark green, glossy; flowers 2 to 2 1/2 inches across, double, sunworthy, glowing pink, no trace of magenta on fading, petals of good substance; season of bloom early July and intermittently throughout the summer.

W.A. Cummings, Experimental Farm, Morden, Manitoba, Progress Report 1955-1559
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