'Rosa multiflora f. platyphylla' rose References
Rosa multiflora 'Grevillei' (syn. 'Platyphylla', R. m. var. platyphylla), a vigorous climber with flowers that change in colour through every shade from crimson-purple to white. Like thomas Evans's double pink cluster rose it was a garden variety of wild Rosa multiflora var. cathayensis and had long been cultivated in China, where it was known as Qizimei, that is 'Seven' or 'Ten' Elder and Younger Sisters', as so many different colours where visible at any one time in each cluster. The name 'Grevillei' refers to the belief that it was introduced by the Hon. Charles Greville. However, as most contemporary authorities thought that it arrived here between 1815 and 1817, it cannot have been introduced by Greville who had died several years earlier. Perhaps he grew it before his death and the original date of introduction has been lost. By 1817 it was already growing in a market garden near London and Philippe Noisette took cuttings to France which flowered in 1819.
Book (2003) Page(s) 215. Includes photo(s).
Rosa multiflora platyphylla, 'Seven Sisters' These pictures (above & opposite) [one from the Botanical Register, 1830, and the other from Redouté Les Roses] show related forms of a very vigorous climbing rose long cultivated in the Far East. The name 'Seven Sisters' refers to the varied colours of the flowers in the spray. One form came from Japan to England through the agency of the Hon. Charles Greville some time before 1809. A plant grown from seed in England was given to Louis Noisette of France in 1817 and is presumed to be the one above, illustrated by Redouté.
Article (magazine) (Jun 1999) Page(s) 102. Includes photo(s).
Rosa multiflora platyphylla One of the roses Josephine grew at Malmaison and that is still available today... Paris nurseryman Louis Noisette ordered the seeds for this climber from Japan in hopes of impressing the empress with its massive clusters of purple-pink. Alas, Joséphine died in 1814, five years before it bloomed...
Book (May 1998) Page(s) 182, 183. Includes photo(s).
Rosa multiflora platyphylla ('Big-Leaved Multiflora') Description... an attractive shade of purple. This magnificent rose, remarkable for its foliage and petal colour, was introduced by Noisette for whom it flowered in September 1819. He had found it in 1817 in a market garden near London, where it had come as seed from Japan...
Book (1997) Page(s) 25, 254 (photo). Includes photo(s).
R. multiflora platyphylla, R. multiflora revillei, 'Seven Sisters Rose'. China 1816. Description... a vigorous climbing ose... flowers are double, quite large, and borne in very big trusses; they vary from deep to soft pink with sometimes lilac and even deep red blooms all produced together in the same truss... Common in Victorian times, when it was called 'Seven Sisters', derived from the seven different colours to be seen in each truss of flowers, another rose bearing this nickname being 'Félicité Perpétue', which is actually a R. sempervirens hybrid.
Book (Nov 1994) Page(s) 217.
(Rosa multiflora) Platyphylla ('Seven Sisters Rose', Rosa cathayensis platyphylla) Description and cultivation... A double pink rose introduced by Sir Charles Greville from Japan between 1815 and 1817, and probably a hybrid of R. multiflora, of which it is not likely to be a chimerical sport on account of its fringed stipules... Its very name recalls its supposedly 7 flowers in the truss (usually many more), each of a different tint according to age; they open a bright deep cerise-purple, and fade to palest mauve or ivory white before dropping...
Book (Apr 1993) Page(s) 544.
Seven Sisters Hybrid Multiflora, pale rose to crimson, 1817, (R. cathayensis platyphylla (Thory) Bailey; R. multiflora platyphylla (Thory) Rehder & Wilson; R. platyphylla (Thory) Takasima, not Rau; R. thoryi Trattinnick; 'Seven Sisters Rose').
Book (Feb 1993) Page(s) 149.
Seven Sisters (R. multiflora grevillei, 'Seven Sisters Rose') Polyantha climber. Parentage: R. multiflora platyphylla. China 1816. Description and cultivation... flowers in shades of soft pink, mauve and purple...
Book (1936) Page(s) 318.
Grevillii (multiflora) Laffay ca. 1830; soft pink to white, very small, single to semi-double, black prickles, narrow, downy foliage, slim branches, growth 5/10, climbing. = Rose de Gréville; Seven Sisters.
Book (1910) Page(s) 261.
Seven Sisters ('Grevillei'). See Russelliana ('Scarlet Grevillei'), [a different variety].