Little Chief, Bred by Ralph Moore, Visalia California, 1971.
Breeding: 'Cotton Candy' X 'Magic Wand'.
'Little Chief' is one of the very early miniatures Ralph Moore created using a R. wichuriana rambler seedling ('Cotton Candy') as a parent. 'Magic Wand' is a miniature derived from a cross of 'Éblouissant' X 'Zee'. (polyantha X climbing miniature)
Chief' is a tiny plant, rarely growing much bigger than about 14"
tall. It produces clusters of 1/2 to 3/4 inch blooms of deep reddish
pink. If you have also grown 'Sweet Chariot'
or 'Vineyard Song' you will see
the influence of 'Little Chief' as their parent. Mr. Moore has expressed
to me that 'Little Chief' is still largely unexplored as a parent, and
thoughtfull breeders could still do a lot of good work with this rose.
It is useful as both a seed and pollen parent. I will start working
with 'Little Chief' this coming season to incorporate into my breeding
program. I am hoping it will prove useful in working with one of my
favorite seed parents, 'Marbree',
a Portland Damask.
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