Magnafrano (HT) [Magna Charta x Safrano]

Conard & Jones, 1907


Peter Henderson & Co. catalog, 1903
ROSE,"MAGNAFRANO." A cross between Magna Charta and Safrano. It combines the hardiness and vigor of the former with the free-blooming habit and delightful fragrance of the Tea Roses. The flowers closely resemble Magna Charta in size and fullness, but are more double; color, clear deep Rose. It is a strong, healthy grower, a constant and abundant bloomer.

Park and Cemetery and Landscape Gardening 14(9): 143 (November, 1904)
In the rose garden down in the valley along the highway known to all St. Louisians as the "Skinker Road," and which forms the dividing line between Forest Park and the outside lands included in the Fair grounds, many roses were in flower, very late in the season. Those showing the greatest number of blooms after the middle of October were ... and Magna Frano, a deep rose colored tea which, according to an intelligent man in charge of the beds, is always in flower. He declared that if he could have roses in his own garden they should all be of this variety, and he has lived with them since they were set out last May.

Conard & Jones Co. New Floral Guide (Spring 1900)
We give special attention to originating new varieties of Roses, and have the pleasure of offering for 1900—A superb New Hybrid Tea Rose "Magnafrano," and our Grand New Hybrid Wichuraiana "Alba Rubifolia," fully described on page 7.

NEW HYBRID TEA ROSE, MAGNAFRANO (C. & J. CO., 1900) This grand Rose was obtained by carefully hybridizing the splendid Hybrid Perpetual Rose, Magna Charta with Safrano Tea. It combines the hardiness and vigor of the former with the free-blooming habit and delightful fragrance of the Tea Roses. The flowers closely resemble Magna Charta in size and fullness, but are more double, and the color is clear deep rose, very beautiful and delightfully sweet. It is a strong healthy grower, and constand and abundant bloomer. Confidently recommended as one of the finest Hardy Ever-blooming Roses for Garden Planting, and also for Cut Flowers.

A Rose Odyssey (1937) J. H. Nicolas
Some of us old timers may remember an early Van Fleet Hybrid Tea, Magnafrano (1900). For years it was sold on its own roots and it remained a typical Hybrid Tea. I budded it on Multiflora for breeding purposes and I got plants of Druschki exuberance, thus emphasizing its seed parent, Magna Charta. It is from one of these plants that I bred the [once blooming] climber Virginia.

1913 Biltmore Rose Catalog

American Gardening, 25: 474 (1904) — Peter Henderson ad.