"Huntington La Biche" rose References
Newsletter (Apr 2014) Page(s) 19. No. 11.
John Hook. France. What Is The Next Step?
We have in our collection 'Mlle de Sombreuil' from Sangerhausen, L’Hay and Tête d’Or. All are different.
Book (2006) Page(s) 66.
'Mlle de Sombreuil' ["La Biche"]. Tea. Good reliable rebloom. Outstanding fragrance. Habit 3. Robert 1851. [Provenance: Robinson found]. A large white Bourbon-Tea, similar to such refined Bourbons as 'Mistress Bosanquet' with many petals in a loose domed flower, sweetly scented. Originally identified at the Huntington Gardens as "La Biche", this is clearly not a tall, clustering Noisette. It bears great resemblance to descriptions of the original 'Sombreuil', to the portrait in Le Livre d'Or Roses by Hariot (1903) and is the same rose we saw labeled 'Mlle de Sombreuil' at the Roseraie de l'Hay' in Paris.
Book (Nov 1994) Page(s) Page(s) 161..
Mlle. (or Mme.) de Sombreuil, Climbing The bush form, raised in 1850 and introduced by Robert, was a hybrid of 'Gigantesque'... Description... creamy white with flesh tint in the centre...
Book (1991) Page(s) 218.
Mlle de Sombreuil ('Mme de Sombreuil', 'Sombreuil') Robert, 1851. Tea. Parentage: Reputed to be a seedling of 'Parks' Yellow. Also has been associated with 'Adam'. [Author cites information from different sources... An interesting entry from the Journal des Roses: This rose is dedicated to Mlle de Sombreuil, the heroine who, during the Terror, locked herself up with her father, the Count Sombreuil, governor of Les Invalides, prisoner of the Abbaye, in Paris, and who stopped the September assassins' arms by her supplication; and, according to legend, who drank a glass of human blood, a glass which she then offered to the assailants!]
Website/Catalog (1951) Page(s) 72.
COLLECTORS' ITEMS. Listed below are varieties old and new, in VERY limited supply for 1951. They are too few for full catalog description...too many for our own use in propagating...too good to be omitted. Most varieties are those which were especially admired on the writer's eastern trip, 1949, ow in process of commercial production...
Sombreuil Tea. (1951) Creamy-white...wanted by so many will grow it again.
[ed. note: we do not know if this is the first appearance of "Sombreuil/Colonial White" or if this was the true Tea that was later confused with "Sombreuil/Colonial White."]
Book (1947) Page(s) 244.
Sombreuil. T . Moreau-Robert, 1851. Gigantesque seedling . Very large, dbl, flat, well formed, creamy white, often tinted pink. Vig.
Book (1936) Page(s) 672.
Sombreuil (tea) Robert 1850; seedling of Gigantesque; cream-white, center salmon-pink, large, 3/4-full, flat, fine form, soliatry or up to 5, fragrance 5/10, floriferous, repeats well, autumn-bloomer, growth 7/10, upright, 1,25 [m.], robust. Sangerhausen
Book (1935) Page(s) 111. Includes photo(s).
Sombreuil, 1851, came from a fine old garden sadly out of past glory. This rose differs from all those preceding by having a marked and distinguishable mixture of Bourbon blood in the Tea rose ancestry. The full, fragrant bloom has a fine expanded form, within which very strongly textured petals stand in excellent order and stiffness, making a grand rose of creamy white tinted with pale pink or pinkish white, depending on the weather, becoming white eventually and lasting in form a long time; blooming in large clusters on a very sturdy bush with dark green foliage, quite leathery and more deeply serrate than the pure Tea foliage. Sombreuil, with all this resistant toughness, should be the finest white Tea rose of the garden, and is such in dry, clear, sunny weather but a too moist spring causes the blooms to ball badly.
Website/Catalog (1927) Page(s) 35.
Field-grown, strong 2-year plants, $1 each, $7.50 for 10, $50 per 100
Sombreuil. Tea. White, tinged delicate rose. Should be largely planted.
Book (1922) Page(s) 431.
[in the listing of roses in commerce] Sombreuil (T.) Robert 1850 - Flower creamy-white, changing to milky white, tinged with rose, large, full, fragrant, opening well, produced in panicles. Growth very vigorous, semi-climbing, very floriferous.