'Rosa Mundi' rose References
Book (1993) Page(s) 66. Includes photo(s).
Book (1993) Page(s) 32. Includes photo(s).
Book (1992) Page(s) 76.
[Listed under 'Versicolor'] ('Gallica Versicolor', 'Rosa Mundi') Gallica shrub; deep pink striped blush; blooms of medium size, semi-double; not remontant; growth bushy, neat, 32 x 36 in (80 x 90 cm); moderate scent. Sport of 'Officinalis'. 16th century or earlier. OGR
Book (1991) Page(s) 18.
Rosa Mundi the striped sport of 'Officinalis'
Book (1989) Page(s) 73. Includes photo(s).
p. 97 (hedges lining a grass path at Kiftsgate); p. 164 (hedge of)
Book (1988) Page(s) 10-11. Includes photo(s).
Rosa Mundi recorded by Sir Thomas Hanmer in his Garden Book of 1659 as being "first found in Norfolk a few years since upon a branch of the common Red Rose and from thence multiplied."
Book (1988) Page(s) 151.
location 84, 100/1, 110/1; R. gallica L. 'Versicolor' L. (R. gallica variegata Andr.), ROSA MUNDI, GALLICANAE, France, 1583, white-pink-red striped, semi-double, fragrant, large, bushy, branched, 0.7 cm, medium green medium-large, matte foliage, 5 leaflets, red large matte rounded glandular fruit, extended sepals, fall off singly and late
Book (1988) Page(s) 40-41. Includes photo(s).
(Rosa gallica 'Versicolor', 'Rosa Mundi', R. gallica 'Variegata') This variegated sport of R. gallica 'Officinalis' has been known since the 16th century and often reverts to its non-variegated parent. It makes a low shrub up to 2 m high, needing some support if the stems are not to flop when weighed down by flowers. Alternatively, the stems can be pruned in spring to keep the bushes to about 1 m high.
Book (1984) Page(s) 33. Includes photo(s).
Rosa gallica 'Versicolor' (Rosa gallica var. versicolor, Rosa gallica var. rosamundi West, R. gallica variegata, R. mundi.) Introduced in 1583 by Clusius... a sport of Rosa gallica "Officinalis"
Booklet (1977) Page(s) 32.
Also present might have been the Apothecary Rose, or Rosa gallica officinalis. This would have been old fashioned by c. 1820, of course, as would its close relative Rosa gallica versicolor or 'Rosa Mundi', reputedly named after Fair Rosamunde, Henry II's mistress. This pink-and-white-striped rose has stimulated much interest through the ages and, in my opinion, has become one of the most overrated roses of all time.