of Horticulture 8: 134-135 (April 1842)
Art. IV. Some notice of a new variety of the Michigan Rose, (Rosa rubifolia)
By An Amateur
Three years ago, I received from Mr. Samuel Feast, of Baltimore, a small lot of roses. One of them was a seedling of our superb native, Rosa rubifolia, (the Detroit or Michigan rose.) The terms in which Mr. Feast mentioned it, were not such as to excite very high expectations; being, however, a variety of a species that I greatly admired, it was planted in a good situation, and its period of flowering looked forward to with some anxiety.
The first year it did nothing—gave no indications of excellence. But by the second spring, it had become well established, and then it fully vindicated its parentage—it indeed proved to be a variety of surpassing beauty.
It is distinguished, like its parent, for luxuriance of growth, and, like it, produces its flowers in large clusters. The flower is very double, and of an exquisite form, being perfectly symmetrical and deeply cupped, with petals of a camellia-like appearance. Its color is a fine pink, with slight variations of brilliancy in the flowers of the same cluster; and it possesses the property most unusual in a rose, of retaining its beauty unaffected by our scorching suns, for several days.
I have bloomed some of the best varieties of the Ayrshire, and several other fine running roses; but though they are very beautiful, this seedling is superior to any of them. Mr. Feast calls it the Beauty of the Prairies.
I have recently learned that Mr. Feast has been so fortunate as to raise four other beautiful varieties of the same species, the names and characters being as follows:—
Baltimore Belle, with blush centre, flowering in large clusters.
Perpetual Michigan; pink, changing to purple; cupped, and very double; flowering from three to four times a year.
Superba; white, with pink centre.
Mr. Feast recommends the above very highly.
Some years ago, I had the two original species, R. rubifolia and R. sempervirens var. capreolata (Ayrshire,) growing side by side, and was strongly impressed with the relative inferiority of the latter. I then looked forward to the time when the former should be the parent of more superb varieties of climbing roses than any that had ever yet gladdened the eyes of the amateur; but little did I imagine that my anticipations were so soon to be realized.