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Quatre Saisons  rose photo courtesy of member CybeRose
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Roses: or a Monograph of the Genus Rosa, fasc. 5, ca. 1807, tab 50
H. C. Andrews

ROSA racemosa.
Clustered Rose, or Rose of the four Seasons.

CHARACTER SPECIFICUS.

ROSA, germinibus sub-rotundis, laeviter glandulosa, pedunculis hispido-glandulosis, saepe florentibus, racemosis, laete rubro-purpureis; foliolis ovatis, subtus villosis; aculeis ramorum sparsis, rectis.

SPECIFIC CHARACTER.

ROSE, with roundish seed-buds, slightly glandular, peduncles hispidly glandular, often blooming, clustered, and of a bright red purple; leaflets are ovate, and villous beneath; the prickles of the branches are scattered and straight.

THIS very desirable Rose was introduced from France under the title of La Rose de quatre Saisons, and which we conceive to be an appropriate term, as it refers with some degree of accuracy to the frequency of its flowering. For although it is not in flower all the year, yet it is found blooming in every season; a circumstance of rare occurrence, and (the Chinese or Indian Rose excepted) only to be found in the species called the Monthly Rose, from which analogy alone, the Rose of the four Seasons has been by many supposed to be only the Clustered-flowered Monthly under a new name; but to this it has not the slightest affinity except in its foliage, being in every other respect most particularly distinct. It is also a scarcer rose, and by no means so well known as it deserves to be.

The figure was taken from a fine plant in the nursery of Messrs. Loddiges, Hackney.

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