Rosa ‘Géant des Batailles’

Usually classified by contemporary authors such as Rivers as a Hybrid Perpetual, it is a parent of the very distinctive race of Hybrid Perpetual roses bred by Vibert.  In 1888 William Paul classified ‘Géant des Batailles’ in a sub-group of Rosa indica which resemble ‘Gloire de Rosamane’, a Bourbon rose, and it is usually today classified as such.  In 1903 Paul classified it as a Hybrid Perpetual.  ‘Géant des Batailles’ has very large, double crimson flowers, shaded purple, expanded, on a shrub of vigorous growth, and was regarded by Rivers as the most bright and brilliant of all roses, and at the same time the most hardy and free-growing of all.  [Paul (1848, 1863, 1888, 1903), Henry Curtis p. 7 vol.1/1850, Amat].


Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced by Nérard of Lyons in 1845.  A very popular rose in its time, Thomas Rivers reported selling 8,000 in 1849 alone.  [Rivers (1854, 1857, 1863)].  It was figured in the Floricultural Cabinet.  [FC p.73/1850].  According to The Gardeners’ Chronicle ‘the first and the last rose of the season to bloom’.  [Gard. Chron. 1846].  Louis van Houtte included ‘Géant des Batailles’ in an Énumération des plus belles variétiés et….des autres!, all Hybrid Perpetuals, in the Flore des Serres.  [FS. pgs. 91-102 vol.15/1864].


History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.891/1850].  Obtained from Veitch’s Nursery in the same importation as ‘Narcisse’.  Believed to be new to the colony.  [ML A1980-3].



Published Feb 11, 2010 - 03:18 PM | Last updated Jul 29, 2011 - 05:18 PM

Figured are pinnate leaves and a very double red rose, the petals with silvery reverse.  Floricultural Cabinet. p.73, 1850.

Rosa ‘Géant des Batailles’ | FC p.73/1850 | RBGS

More details about Rosa ‘Géant des Batailles’
Family Rosaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, France

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Rosa Geant des batailles 


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