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"R. sempervirens is a climbing species from the Mediterranean area which has glossy,
persistent leaves and large clusters of small white flowers. In the 1820's particularly,
several breeders undertook work with it, most notably A. Jacques, who hybridized it with
China or Noisette roses to come up with a series of climbers in shades of pink to white,
climbers which are still used and appreciated today. `Felicite et Perpetue', `Adelaide
d'Orleans', `Flore', `Dona Maria'. (The greatly popular Noisette 'Aimee Vibert' is also an
R. sempervirens cross; it is however placed among the Noisettes because it
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