Rosa foetida persiana

Family : Rosaceae

Class : Wild Rose

Text and pictures © Giuseppe Mazza


English translation by Peter Thompson



A variety with over double the flowers of the Rosa foetida , with deep golden yellow petals and a slightly unpleasant perfume.

Joseph Pernet-Ducher succeeded in crossing it with a Hybrid Tea rosebush, and from successive hybridisations with the Rosa foetida bicolor , he obtained, in 1900, ‘Soleil d’or’, with amber shades, and in 1910, the enchanting pure yellow of ‘Rayon d’or’.

These colours would later become common in the roses of our gardens.

→ History of the rose : from the Wild Roses towards a perfect rose.

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