Rosa laevigata (Species)

American Farmer 3(15): 120 (July 6, 1821)
CHEROKEE ROSE
Columbia, (S. C.) June 5th, 1821
John S. Skinner, esq.
DEAR SIR—On looking yesterday over the second volume of your very useful paper, the "American Farmer," which I have received a few days since, I noticed the paper of the 2nd of June, 1820, a communication signed Charles P. Rowand, giving an account of a "New and beautiful species of Hedge." I have not seen Mr. Rowand's hedges; but I have heard of them, and I know that the plant it is made of, is most invaluable for this purpose. The common name is "Nondescript," also "Cherokee Rose," and its botanical name is "Rosa Laevigato," not "Rosa Multiflora," as Mr. R. has suggested. It is a native of the state of Georgia. I can send you a few of the hips of it if you wish. The raising it from the seed may be an advantage to the accustoming it to your climate. The "Rosa Multiflora" would, no doubt, make a beautiful hedge; but its thorns being much smaller than those of the other, it could not, so effectually, answer the desired object. If this error has not yet been corrected, it may not be unnecessary to do so. It is much to be wished, that the real botanical names, when they can be found out, be always used in publications relative to plants recommended, or mentioned for agricultural, medical or other useful purposes.— The want of such a name has caused many disappointments and discussions with regard to the Italian "Lupinella." Whereas, if it had been mentioned by its botanical name "Hedysarum Onobrichis," any person, by referring to a botanical book, could have learned that it is the Saint-foin.— N. Herbemont

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