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 ‘Rose du Roi’

Catherine Gore places it among her Portland roses and Rivers considers it to be a perpetual Damask rose, and casts doubt on its origin from the Portland rose.  ‘Rose du Roi’ is a small shrub with bright red, highly-scented flowers, according to Gore often more vividly coloured later in the season.  [Gore, Rivers (1854, 1857, 1863), Paul (1848, 1863, 1903), Amat].



Horticultural & Botanical History

A very important rose, thought to be the first Hybrid Perpetual and hence a parent of most modern roses.  Raised in the Palace of St Cloud by Souchet in 1819.  Rivers was a great admirer of ‘Rose du Roi’: ‘Every gentleman’s garden ought to have a large bed of Crimson Perpetual Roses, to furnish bouquets during August, September, and October: their fragrance is so delightful, their colour so rich, and their form so perfect.’



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’.




Published Feb 12, 2010 - 05:11 PM | Last updated Jul 27, 2011 - 10:35 AM

Family Rosaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, France

  • Crimson Perpetual
  • Lee’s Crimson Perpetual


Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Du Roi



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