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 x centifolia L. var. alba

A Centifolia rose.  The buds of ‘Unique Blanche’ are greenish, tipped with red and the full, middle-sized, scented flowers open creamy, fading to white.  It is one of the latest flowering old roses.  To 1.5m.  [Gore, Paul (1848, 1863, 1888, 1903), Rivers (1854, ,1857, 1863), Amat].

Horticultural & Botanical History

It was discovered by Mr. Grimwood of the Kensington Nursery in 1777 growing in the garden of Mr. Richmond, a baker of Needham Market, Suffolk.  Thomas Rivers hypothesised that it was not a naturally occurring seedling but rather a sport of the ‘Old Cabbage Rose’, as this rarely sets seed in England.  

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.858/1843].


Published Feb 10, 2010 - 09:10 PM | Last updated Feb 10, 2010 - 09:12 PM

Family Rosaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, England

  • Unique blanche
  • Unique Provence
  • White Provence unique
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Rosa gallica white Provence 

Confidence level medium