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 bracteata Wendl.

Rosa bracteata is an evergreen climber with leathery, evergreen leaves and neat, single flowers of pure white with prominent yellow stamens, comfortably growing to 4m.  [RHSD].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘The leaves are evergreen, and the flowers fragrant: circumstances that add to its value.’  [BM t.1377/1811].  A number of varieties were available by 1854, including a double form which Rivers cautions against growing, as being totally worthless, its flowers constantly dropping off without opening.  Introduced from China in 1795 by Sir George Staunton, a Member of Lord Macartney’s embassy to Beijing.  [Paul (1848, 1863, 1888, 1903), Gore, Rivers (1854, 1857), Willmot, Amat].

History at Camden Park

Listed in all catalogues [T.836/1843].  Described as the Macartney Rose in both the 1843 and 1845 catalogues.  M’Cartney rose was ticked in a copy of the Hort. Reg., October 1831.  Although this originally belonged to James Bowman, it is likely that this plant was grown by Macarthur earlier than 1843.  [Copy held in the Special Collection of the National Herbarium Library, Canberra, ACT].


Published Feb 18, 2009 - 05:24 PM | Last updated Jul 30, 2010 - 05:38 PM

Shown are leaves and single flowers of pure white with prominent yellow stamens.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.1377,1811.

Rosa bracteata Wendl. | BM t.1377/1811 | BHL

Family Rosaceae
Region of origin




  • Rosa lucida Lawr.
Common Name

Macartney rose

Name in the Camden Park Record

Rosa bracteata 

Confidence level high