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'Britannia' rose References
Book  (2006)  Page(s) 106.  
 
Britannia Pol. Good reliable rebloom. No fragrance. Habit 3. [e.g. Orleans Rose]. Burbage Nursery, 1929. [Provenance: San Jose Heritage Rose Garden]. A delightful rose which we first saw at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris, single, 2-inch flowers of bright, clear red with a large white eye, the whole fades to rose pink with age. Very similar to others of this type like the Hybrid Musks 'Ballerina','Mozart' and 'Marjorie Fair'.
Book  (2003)  Page(s) 73.  Includes photo(s).
 
Britannia.... Flower size 4cm (1.6in.). Scent light and musky..... leaves are pale green and healthy, with rather narrow leaflets.
Book  (2000)  Page(s) 133.  
 
‘Britannia’ = Polyantha… touche de blanc la base de leurs 5 pétales, d’un joli ton de cramoisi clair. Ecloses en gros bouquets de 20 à 40 fleurs… parfum des plus discrets… arbuste, bas et buissonnant… petites feuilles étroites, fermes et satinées… parfait au jardin pour former une haie basse ou colorer un espace restreint. Burbage, UK 1929.

Translation:
touched with white at the base of its 5 petals, of a pretty tone of light crimson. In large clusters of 20 to 40 blooms....very mild fragrance...shrub, short and branched...small narrow leaves, firm and glossy...perfect in the garden for forming a low hedge or colouring a restricted space...
Book  (1999)  Page(s) 133.  
 
Britannica Modern. Polyantha. Red blend, repeat-flowering. The flowers of this cheerful little plant are a pleasing shade of light crimson with a whitish eye at the base of the petals. There are only 5 petals and as many as 40 blooms in each flower spray, so it makes a conspicuous sight. There is little scent but flowering continues through summer and autumn, making this a useful garden plant where a low growing hedge or an item to fill a small space is required. It leaves are leathery, semi-glossy, small and narrow on a short, compact and bushy plant. Zones 4-9. Burbage, UK , 1929. 'Coral Cluster' x 'Eblouissant'.
Website/Catalog  (1999)  Page(s) 12.  Includes photo(s).
 
Britannia (Burbage 1929) Polyantha. Ecarlate centre blanc - massif, pot H O, 6 - + TR .....
60cm... en panicules de 30- 40 fleurs
Book  (Sep 1993)  Page(s) 96.  Includes photo(s).
 
Britannia Polyantha. Burbage Nursery 1929. Description... In its day, 'Britannia' was popular for its bright show of little cerise flowers with startling white centres... Parentage: 'Coral Cluster' x 'Eblouissant'
Book  (Apr 1993)  Page(s) 65.  
 
Britannia Polyantha, crimson, center white, single, 1929, 'Coral Cluster' x 'Eblouisant'; Burbage Nursery. Description.
Book  (1993)  Page(s) 96.  Includes photo(s).
 
Britannia Polyantha. The name suggests an English raiser, but it may also be a Dutch or Belgian rose, as most of the Polyanthas were named for the British market. Unfortunately, 'Britannia' has vanished completely, not only from the catalogues but also from the reference books. In the face of competition from shapely fragrant Cluster-flowered Roses even patriotism was not enough to keep people admiring its little single cerise flowers with their startling white eyes. Foliage is dull green. Parentage unknown. Repeat flowering.
Book  (1986)  Page(s) 129.  Includes photo(s).
 
Britannia (1929). Large clusters of small, single crimson flowers with white centres appear recurrently on a compact plant. Light green leaves nicely set off the dark flowers.
Website/Catalog  (1938)  Page(s) 17.  
 
Polyanthas...Britannia (G. Geary 29). Single, in large clusters, 30-40 blooms, vermilion with white centre, yellow stamens, upright, few prickles. (Coral Cluster X Eblouissant). Effectful (short Caroubier).
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