This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
This variety, once very popular in America as a stock to bud garden roses on, is said, in a recent treatise on roses, to have been obtained "from Como by Mr. Rivers over thirty years ago." We do not know exactly what may be meant by "over" in this connection. Certainly a good many years over thirty years ago it was in common use about Philadelphia for stocks, and it is very nearly about that time since the force of public opinion caused florists to utterly discard it.
It has long been a matter of conjecture with us what this rose sprung from. A recent monograph of roses, by a distinguished Russian botanist, classes it with Rosa sempervirens, a native of Southern Europe. It may be, but the botanical characters agree exactly with our own native Rosa lucida in every thing except the superior vigor of the Manetti, and it is very rare that a double variety grows stronger than the single original from which it sprung.