Rosa ‘La Pactole’

Usually classified by contemporary authors as a Tea rose, but today often classified as a Noisette.  ‘La Pactole’ has cream flowers with yellow centres, large, full and cupped, of moderate growth.  [Paul (1848, 1863, 1888), Gard. Chron. 1842, 1846].



Horticultural & Botanical History

It was described in the Floricultural Cabinet among Miniature or Pompom roses, suggesting a small stature: ‘Bright yellow, blooming in clusters, very freely; it will be found the best yellow to group in this section.  From its freeness of bloom, together with its habit of growth, this fine rose is indispensable.’  [FC p.197/1850].  But Rivers considered ‘Narcisse’ to be an improvement on ‘Pactolus’.  [Rivers (1854, 1857, 1863].



History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.890/1850].  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 - 03:15 PM | Last updated Jul 29, 2011 - 05:21 PM

More details about Rosa ‘La Pactole’
Family Rosaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, France

  • Pactolus
  • Madame de Challonge


Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Rosa La Pactole 



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