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 ‘Sydonie’

In 1848 Paul described the flowers of ‘Sidonie’ as salmon-rose in colour, large and full, superb.  It produces a vigorous, upright bush.  In 1863 he described the flowers of ‘Sydonie’, a Hybrid Perpetual rose, as pink, large and full.  I have little doubt that this is the same rose.

Horticultural & Botanical History

Bred by Porisy but introduced to the market by Vibert in 1847.  Although it is generally regarded as a Hybrid Perpetual, Paul [1848] places ‘Sidonie’ in a new group called ‘Rose de Trianon’, originated by Vibert of Angers from the Damask rose.  He quotes Vibert on the origin of these roses: ‘I have formed a new division for an interesting group of Perpetual Roses, obtained from several varieties which acknowledge the Rose de Trianon as their type.’  He describes them as more delicate than the Damask perpetual and more vigorous in growth.  

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.887/1850].  Obtained from Veitch’s Nursery in the same importation as ‘Narcisse’.  Believed to be new to the colony.  [ML A1980-3].


William Paul also describes a Gallica rose called ‘Sidonie’, with blush-coloured cupped flowers. 

Published Feb 11, 2010 - 03:06 PM | Last updated Jul 29, 2011 - 05:24 PM

The photograph shows a very double rose with salmon-rose flowers and pale green foliage.

Rosa 'Sydonie' | Photograph Colin Mills. Taken in the author's garden.


Family Rosaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, France

  • Sidonie
  • Sidonea


Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Rosa Sidoni 

Confidence level high