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 ‘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

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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