Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Rosa ‘Coupe d'Hébé’

Bourbon rose.  Classified by Rivers as a Hybrid Bourbon rose.  These were distinguished from the Bourbon rose by Victorian writers not only because of the parentage, typically Bourbon roses crossed with summer flowering roses, but because they follow the flowering character of the summer-flowering parent, i.e. they are summer-flowering only.  In the opinion of Rivers ‘Coupe d'Hébé’ ‘is the gem of this family [Hybrid Bourbons]; in colour it is of a beautiful wax-like pink, and in the disposition and regularity of its petals it is quite unique: this, like most of the group, soon forms a large bush or tree, and is also well adapted for a pillar rose.’  [Rivers (1854, 1857, 1863)].  In my garden it produces an excellent spring flush but is thereafter barren of flowers. 

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced by Laffay in 1840.  It was also described as a good pot rose, and in 1856 designated ‘the ideal rose’ by William Paul writing in The Gardeners’ Chronicle.  [Gard. Chron. 1847, 1856, 1858].  It was figured in the first edition of The Rose Garden.  [Paul (1848, 1863, 1888, 1903)].  In the first great National Rose show held in July 1858, ‘Coupe d’Hébé’ featured amongst the roses appearing in multiple (10) winning collections.

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.877/1850].


Published Feb 11, 2010 - 01:05 PM | Last updated Jul 30, 2011 - 03:30 PM

The photograph shows a double pink rose.

Rosa 'Coupe d'Hebe' | Heritage Rose Garden Parramatta Park | photograph Colin Mills


Family Rosaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, France

  • Hebe’s Cup


Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Rosa Hebe's cup 

Confidence level high