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Rosa ‘Etna’

A Moss rose.  ‘Etna’ was described by William Paul as a brilliant scarlet Moss rose with a purplish tinge, large and very double.  [Paul (1848, 1863, 1888, 1903)].



Horticultural & Botanical History

Raised by Laffay in 1845.  



History at Camden Park

Included in a handwritten list of roses dated 1861, probably intended for a new edition of the catalogue that was never printed.  [MP A2943].




In 1842 The Gardeners’ Chronicle described a rose called ‘Etna’ as a China rose, pink, shaded with scarlet, called ‘The Etna’ by Catherine Gore and listed among her pink or flesh-coloured China roses.  It was also listed by Paul in the first edition of The Rose Garden, described as blush-coloured, very large and full, of expanded form.  [Gard. Chron 1842, Gore].  This is unlikely to be Macarthur’s rose as his was listed among the Moss roses.  



Published Feb 12, 2010 - 10:13 AM | Last updated Jul 28, 2011 - 05:05 PM

Family Rosaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, France

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record




Confidence level medium