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Polyanthas

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'Baby Faurax', 'Cecile Bruner', 'Marie Jeanne'

POLYANTHA ROSES derive from a Chinese climbing rose called Rosa multiflora ( multiflora means many-flowered in Latin, and polyantha same in Greek). Hybrids between this white, many-flowered species and the hardy, bushy China roses gave rise to cultivated climbers in various shades of white, cream and pink. The first Polyantha roses were open-pollinated seedlings of these climbers, but turned out to be dwarf bushes that carry up to 100 small flowers in clusters. Back-crosses to China roses, and sometimes the Noisettes, gave rise to a popular race of small, musk-scented, perpetual-flowering roses. ‘Marie-Jeanne’ 1913 (shown) is a good example.

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'Baby Faurax', 'Cecile Bruner', 'Marie Jeanne'

 

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