Little Darling, bred by Carl G. Duehrsen, 1956.
Breeding: 'Captain Thomas' X ('Baby Chateau' X 'Fashion')
'Little Darling' is a rose I acquired for inclusion in my breeding program. It has served to create scores of fine roses since its introduction in 1956, including 54 of Ralph Moore's roses, most of which are Miniatures. Ralph acquired 'Little Darling' shortly after its introduction into commerce, and discovered by trial and error that it was a willing breeder that passed on many fine traits to its offspring.
As a garden shrub, 'Little Darling' still measures up against many modern Floribundas and is well worth growing. With a mature height of 3 to 5 feet (depending on climate) it produces beatutifully formed 3 inch blooms singly and in clusters of 7 or more. There is a pleasant, but not overly intense fragrance. All in all, 'Little Darling' is an excellent garden shrub that will provide lots of bloom with a minimum of care and fuss. For hybridizers who want to try their hand at creating some beautiful Floribundas or Miniatures, 'Little Darling' is still an excellent choice as a seed parent, and will produce some excellent offspring.
merit rating: 8.2
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