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 ‘Lion des Combats’

Hybrid Perpetual.  The flowers of ‘Lion des Combats’ are reddish-violet in colour, sometimes shaded crimson-scarlet, velvety, large and full in form.  It is a robust grower.  Thomas Rivers considered the flowers to be not finely shaped.  [Paul (1863, 1888), FC p.228/1857, Gard. Chron. (1856, 1857), Rivers 1854].

Horticultural & Botanical History

No additional data.


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].  This rose was also included in the bill of lading for roses sent from Veitch’s Nursery, Chelsea on Dec, 31st, 1859 on board the ‘Hollinside’ but found dead on arrival.



Published Feb 12, 2010 - 02:44 PM | Last updated Jul 27, 2011 - 05:06 PM

Family Rosaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, France

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Lion des Combats

Confidence level high