Rosa ‘Mary’ (Hybrid Polyantha)

Rosa ‘Mary’ (Hybrid Polyantha)

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Rosa ‘Mary’ (Hybrid Polyantha)

Polyanthas were first produced in 1875 when Pierre Guillot of Lyons came out with the variety known as ‘Paquerette’, probably a cross between Rosa multiflora and Rosa chinensis minima. This was soon followed by ‘Mignonette’, a cross between Rosa chinensis minima and Rosa multiflora, from which practically all later polyanthas, hybrid polyanthas and floribundas are derived. Whereas polyanthas are generally low-growing, small shrubs with small flowers in numerous dense clusters, hybrid polyanthas are more robust shrubs with large blossoms arranged in large, flat cymes. Hybrid polyanthas are derived from polyanthas and hybrid tea roses.

The polyantha rose ‘Mary’ (Qualma 1948) is a bud mutation from the well-known ‘Orange Triumph’ (Kordes 1937). It is more robust than the parent form, and grows to a height of about 70cm (28 in). The flowers are more reddish, about 5cm (2 in) across, slightly fragrant and borne in large, dense clusters. It is a remontant hybrid — that is, it flowers again in the autumn — hardy, and good for cutting: the blossoms are long-lived in a vase.

Polyanthas and hybrid polyanthas are used most effectively in mass plantings in beds and borders. However, only a single form of the same colour and same habit of growth should be put in one bed or plot.

02. May 2011 by Dave Pinkney
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