Nick Milfeld presented our program earlier in March. [It was a good
one, too!] The subject of "Ward's Ruby" came up just in passing. Nick
mentioned that this plant also goes under the name of "Ruby Glow", that
it and "Ward's Ruby" are probably one and the same plant. I believe
I'm recalling that accurately. I had one of these plants for several
years under the name of "Ward's Ruby". We are agreed here that it is
probably the darkest of the reds. There is a sport of it which goes
under the name of "Ruby Nugget". Like "Ward's Ruby" it has the small
dark green foliage with a very dark, almost blood red, flower. The
flowers are not large but are spectacular. I've always associated
those with the Kurume group. "Captain Blood" is another of similar
color but, I think, it is a hybrid of some kind, not a straight
Kurume. "Red Poppy" is yet another dark red which I happen to have.
It blooms nearly all year, spot blooms anyway, but is a much larger
flower and not in the Kurume family so far as I know. I lost my
"Ward's Ruby" due basically to stupidity beyond my control! :-( :-( One of these days I've got to
get a new one.
George E, Klump
Southern California Chapter,. ARS/ASA
On 4/2/2011 2:55 PM, E White wrote:
I wonder if Pacific
Horticulture mag has some info about Wards Ruby. Think I remember it
being in there way back in time.
Sent: Saturday, April 02, 2011 11:40
Subject: Re: [AZ] Ward's Ruby [1
Attached is a Ten Year Index—1991 to 2000 for JARS. It's by author and
subject. I think I've had this since 2000; can't remember where I got
it from. Since it's a PDF, it's searchable.
I would think there are others also?
New Waterford, NS
On 02/04/2011 3:26 PM, David Banks wrote:
Which brings up the question:
why do we not approach the subject of an on-line index to
JARS--preferably by author as well as subject?
On 4/2/11 2:18 PM, Elaine Sedlack wrote:
I'm glad I
asked! This is a very thoughtful, thorough response, and great
infomation. I was just trying to get an accurate label on a plant, and
had only an inkling of this convoluted provenance. I was confused
because I was surfing the Web and found two references to it being a
Wilson plant, under different numbers. The descriptions under these
numbers in the article in the Journal ARS, Fall 2010, by Akihide
Okamoto, didn't tally with the plant as we know it.. I will go with
the IRRC-unregistered Kurume. I figured it might be a historic
Japanese plant. I doubt that it had anything to do with Kingdon-Ward,
but wonder who Ward was. I met Toichi Domoto; he was a consumate
plantsman, and must have had Japanese nursery connections. His nursery
was filled with treasures.
From: William C. Miller III mailto:bill@...
Sent: Sat, April 2, 2011 6:19:33 AM
Subject: Re: [AZ] Ward's Ruby
What are the conflicting accounts?
Ruby' is in the IRRC, but it states parentage unknown. The RHS gave it
an AM (award of merit) in 1986. If I understand the shorthand in the
IRRC, it was raised in Japan before 1920, named in the USA, but never
registered. The IRRC considers it a Kurume. Perhaps the RHS folks
have more information. I don't have Dr. Leslie's E-mail.
Harold's reference to Galle is useful since Galle suggests that 'Ward's
Ruby' was associated with the Domoto Brothers (California nurserymen)
who preceded E. H. Wilson in introducing the Kurume azaleas into the
US. I skimmed Wilson's account in A Monograph of Azaleas (1921)
and didn't see any mention of the Domoto Brother's efforts. I looked
in Rhododendrons and Azaleas (1936) by Clement Gray Bowers and
found nothing relevant there. I looked in Lee where at least they have
a section on Domoto introductions, but 'Ward's Ruby' is not mentioned.
There is only a brief mention in Azaleas in Kurume (1989) where
John Creech mentions the Pan-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco (1915)
and a collaboration between Akashi and the Domoto Brothers.
This is probably a California story, and I have no idea who Ward was.
Francis Kingdon Ward was an accident prone plant explorer, but I don't
believe Japan was his beat. Perhaps there are articles in the early
JARS that might have information. I don't suppose there is an on-line
index of JARS articles that could be searched electronically? Someone
--- somewhere --- probably knows about the history of 'Ward's Ruby'.
The trick is finding them.
Elaine Sedlack wrote:
Is there any other information about parentage or registration?
From: Harold Greer mailto:hgreer@...
Sent: Fri, April 1, 2011 8:37:15 PM
Subject: RE: [AZ] Ward's Ruby
According to Galle,
it is not one of the Wilson’s 50.
I have a
question: Is 'Ward's Ruby' one of Ernest Wilson's 50 introductions from
If so, which
number is it? If not, what is the derivation?
been confused by conflicting accounts.