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Old 09-10-2009, 10:16 AM   #9
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NeBogger: Thanks for checking out my article. Most 'ditch' roses are in fact escaped European roses. Some are used for grafting hybrid teas because the H.Ts do not have vigorous roots. When the grafts fail the root develops and spreads. Many roses around old house sites are these failed graft roses. Some European roses were so prolific and introduced early that the Indians adopted them as their own - like the Cherokee roses in the South. Some natives are nearly extinct from being displaced by these introduced roses gone wild. And some are gone forever.
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