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 ‘Prince Albert’

Bourbon rose, actually a cross between ‘Gloire de Romenè’, a Bourbon, and a Damask China.  It produces clusters of scarlet-crimson flowers, medium size, very double, of compact form.  A shrub of moderate growth with short, stiff shoots, useful as a bedding rose.  By all contemporary accounts a beautiful rose.  [Paul (1848, 1863, 1888), Rivers (1854, 1857, 1863), FC p.305/1856, BF pl.15/1841].



Horticultural & Botanical History

Raised by Laffay at Fontenay aux Roses, near Paris, and introduced to Britain by William Paul.  Paul (1848) classified a rose of this name as a Hybrid Perpetual.  I believe it to be Laffay’s rose.  It has an interesting history, with concern expressed in the Belgian publication Flore des Serres that it is identical to ‘Souvenir de la Reine des Belges.’  Louis van Houtte consulted Laffay who wrote to the journal on the 5th of October, 1851, agreeing that there was an extreme resemblance to his seedling ‘Prince Albert’.  He closes by saying: ‘Enfin, Monsieur, je n’ai pas voulu en greffer un seul rameau pour l’an prochain, persuadé que cette variété n’est que le produit d’une erreur.’  (‘Finally, Monsieur, I have not wanted to graft a single branch for the next year, persuaded that this variety is nothing but a product of error.’)  ‘Prince Albert’ was figured later in the same volume of Flore des Serres.  [FS misc. 574/1853, FS f.808/1853].



History at Camden Park

Arrived from Veitch’s Nursery, Chelsea on Dec, 31st, 1859 on board the ‘Hollinside’ but dead on arrival.  For more detail see Rosa ‘Ducher’.




Not surprisingly at least two roses of this name were grown in the early to mid 19th century.  An earlier rose by this name, a Hybrid China, was described by William Paul in the first edition of The Rose Garden.  He described its flowers as a delicate pink, the petals closely and elegantly arranged, of medium size, compact, perfect, a beautiful rose but rather undersize.  It was raised at Brenchly in Kent.  [Paul 1848].



Published Feb 12, 2010 - 03:51 PM | Last updated Jul 27, 2011 - 04:46 PM

Figured is a scarlet-crimson, very double rose with glossy foliage.  British Florist pl.15, 1841.

Rosa ‘Prince Albert’ | FS f.808/1853 | BHL.  This is the rose introduced to England by Paul.


Family Rosaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, France

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Prince Albert



Confidence level high