Rosa ‘Princesse Adelaide’

Moss rose.  Paul thought that it was probably a hybrid between a Moss and a hybrid Bourbon rose.  Raised by Laffay.  William Paul, describing a visit to Laffay’s Nursery in 1845 wrote: ‘He has also a Moss Rose, ‘Princesse Adelaide’, of a pale rose colour, blooming in corymbs, and said to be very handsome’.  In The Rose Garden he describes it as a pale glossy rose, flowering in large clusters, individual flowers large and full, compact form, habit erect and growth vigorous, a hybrid, suitable for a sunny wall or pillar.  [Paul (1848, 1863, 1888, 1903)].  



Horticultural & Botanical History

Rivers provides a little more information on its parentage: ‘In the variety ‘Princess Adelaide’ we have a proof of the effect of hybridising roses, for this is most evidently and distinctly a hybrid Bourbon rose, with its flower buds rather abundantly covered with moss; in fact, a hybrid moss rose of a new race; its habit is remarkably vigorous, foliage very large and beautiful, flowers well shaped, and in general they open freely; their colour in dry weather is a very lively pink, in cloudy weather a bright rose.’  [Rivers (1854, 1857, 1863)].



History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.895/1850].  Obtained from Veitch’s Nursery in the same importation as ‘Narcisse’.  Believed to be new to the colony.  [ML A1980-3].




In Macarthur’s hand-written 1861 list ‘Princess Adelaide’ is included among the Tea roses and therefore may not be the well known Moss rose of this name, which is described here.  I have found no reference to a Tea rose of this name.



Published Feb 11, 2010 - 03:32 PM | Last updated Jul 29, 2011 - 05:10 PM

More details about Rosa ‘Princesse Adelaide’
Family Rosaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, probably France

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Rosa Princess Adelaide 



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