"Noah's Rose"

(Pronounced: NO-az Rose)

ALSO KNOWN AS:

"Noah's Rose"

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Noah's Rose is a "found" China hybrid that was growing at the home of Noah Jeffreys' near Florence, AL. It is characterized by long flexible, pencil-sized, arching canes, mid-green foliage, and rich pink cabbage shaped fragrant flowers.

 

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The flowers occur only in mid-spring and are dark pink.

 

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They open to deep cupped blooms that are 3" - 4" in diameter.

 

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The canes are quite long, slender and flexible.

 

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The blooms occur in loose clusters of 1-3

 

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As the flowers open the outer petals curl downard to form a flat ring, leaving a cupped central region.

 

 
GENERAL
INFORMATION:

"Noah's Rose" is an old and widely traveled Hybrid China rose, that was collected from Noah Jeffreys in Northwest Alabama. He got the rose from his mother, who got it from her mother, which pushes the date of "Noah's Rose" back to at least 1870.

"Noah's Rose" produces, large, very double, globular, very fragrant dark pink flowers in the spring on flexible canes. The plant is indestructable, and Noah Jeffreys said that he pruned it every year, "with the lawnmower"!

 
BOTANICAL
GROUP:

Chinensis

 
GROUP:

Found

 
CLASS:

H Ch

 
SEED
PARENT:

Unknown  

POLLEN
PARENT:

Unknown  

BREEDER:

Unknown  

INTRODUCED:

Prior to 1870. (Possibly prior to 1799. There are indications that "Noah's Rose" is actually 'Shailer's Provence'.)  

DATE:

Before 1870 [ United States ]  

PLANT SIZE
AND FORM:

Height:    3 '     to    4 '           Width:    3 '     to    4 '



"Noah's Rose" forms a mounding shrub with long slender pencil-sized canes. There appears to be some tendency to sucker.  

FOLIAGE
DESCRIPTION:

The foliage is relatively rough in appearance, both on the leaves and the sepals covering the bud.

 
FOLIAGE
FRAGRANCE:

None.  

BLOOM
FREQUENCY:

O - Once Blooming. "Noah's Rose" blooms once in the spring, beginning in mid-April. The bloom period extends for approximately 4 weeks.

 
BLOOM
DESCRIPTION:
Flower Size:    .00"      to      .00"           Petal Count:    0 to 0          

The fully double blooms are approximately 4 inches across when fully opened, and cupped in shape.

 
BLOOM
COLOR:

MP - Medium Pink. "Noah's Rose" blooms are medium pink with a tinge of lilac.

 
COLOR VARIATION:

None.  

FRAGRANCE:

VF - Very Fragrant. Damask Fragrance. "Noah's Rose" is very fragrant.

 
HIPS:

None observed.

 
CLIMATE:

Zones 6 - 9  

CULTURE:

Once established, the rose is extremely hardy. Noah Jeffreys said that he pruned it each year to keep it from growing too high and obstructing the view from his window.

His approach to pruning was unusual - he ran the lawn mower over it and cut it back to ground level! But in a few months, it would make a reasonable sized bush again.

 
PROPAGATION:

"Noah's Rose may be propagated by cuttings.

 
OTHER
CHARACTERISTICS:


    ** Tolerant of poorer soils
    ** Suitable for hedging and fence rows
    ** Availability is limited

Any help in identifying this "found" rose would be greatly appreciated.

 
ANECDOTAL
INFORMATION:

In response to Noah's rose being listed as a "recently found rose" on the Texas Rose Rustlers' Web page, a number of people have responded with identifications of similar roses across the country.

Based on this information, graciously supplied by fellow Rose Rustlers, we have tentatively identified Noah's Rose as Shailer's Provence, pending further investigation. The following e-mail messages provided useful information:

The description given for "Noah's Rose" matches the rose I know as 'Shailer's Provence', an early hybrid china introduced, according to most sources, in 1799.

The color, cupped almost globe shaped blooms, the extended single blooming season, small 'old rose' foliage and tendency to sucker all fit Shailer's Provence to a tee. I have found it in old neighborhoods in Atlanta thriving with no care at all.

The plants I moved to my own garden, which get better care, can grow fairly tall, eventually arching over with the weight of the blooms. It seems to bloom most profusely when not pruned.

In the right tempature and humidity it has a wonderful and unique fragrance that reminds me of expensive scented soap. The color is just to the lilac side of warm pink, and the petals are numerous, thin and crepey.

 
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