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[Plant-biology] rose "Euphrates"

Gretchen Lang via plantbio%40net.bio.net (by glang4 from indra.com)
Mon May 28 22:08:30 EST 2007

Hello Jeffrey,

Did you really write this message 15 years ago? Are you still out there?

I have a healthy Euphrates rose in my garden. I live in Boulder, CO,  
and I planted this rose about 8 years ago. I got it from Heirloom  
Garden Roses in Oregon - they used to have this wonderful index of  
oddball roses that they never advertised in their catalogue but that  
you could order. I ordered five: Euphrates, Baby Faurax (which is  
supposed to have an almost blue color), Ghislaine de Feligonde and  
Petit Rat de L'Opera (because I could not resist the names), and  
Parkdirektor Riggers. They have since discontinued this index and  
most of the roses on it. Ghislaine is still available. Parkdirektor  
Riggers died, Baby Faurax is struggling along and I have just moved  
her to a sunnier spot, Petit Rat is doing great and Euphrates is  
small but vigorous.

I have tried repeatedly to get the other two roses that are in this  
teeny family (Hulthemia persica) hybridized by Harkness of England.  
They are Tigris and Nigel Hawthorne. No luck.

However, Ralph Moore (now 100 years old) has hybridized two new roses  
from this strain: Persian Flame and Persian Peach.

I am not interested in miniature roses per se; I mostly like old  
garden roses, English roses and unusual roses. Persian Peach looks a  
bit fussy to me. Persian Flame could be interesting, but I would most  
like to get the original Harkness roses listed above. Have you found  

These roses are fascinating to me because their ancestors originated  
in Iran in the 1700's, and because they are uniquely beautiful with  
their red eyes.

My Euphrates rose is too small to propagate. We have harsh winters  
here and in 8 years it has only achieved about 8 inches of growth  
with care and protection. It is blooming right now and probably has  
about a dozen flowers. It's gorgeous!

I hope that I reach you.

I would be interested to know what you have learned, and I would be  
glad to give you a cutting of my Euphrates rose when she is a bit  

Please write back,

Gretchen Lang

glang4 from indra.com

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