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Rosa ‘French Crimson’

A Moss rose.  ‘French Crimson’ has rosy-crimson, medium-sized, full and expanded flowers on a moderate, branching bush covered in red spines.  



Horticultural & Botanical History

It is sometimes confused in the early literature with the ‘Damask Moss’, also called ‘Tinwell Moss’.  It is a deeper crimson colour than this Damask rose and has much more double flowers.  Rivers considered ‘French crimson to be one of the best Moss roses available.  In a report in The Gardeners’ Chronicle ‘French Crimson’ was listed among Moss roses seen at Lane’s nursery, together with ‘Célina’, ‘Luxembourg’ and ‘White Bath’.  [Rivers (1854, 1857, 1863), Paul (1848, 1863, 1888, 1903), Gard. Chron. 1843].



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].




Published Feb 12, 2010 - 10:04 AM | Last updated Jul 28, 2011 - 05:07 PM

Family Rosaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, France

  • Ecarlate


Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

French Crimson



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