This famous rose originates from a mutation of Gallica Officinalis, which it resembles in all but colour; the flowers are a medley of pale crimson and white.
It is the source of numerous legends, one of which is said to have given rise to the name “Fair Rosamund” after Henry II of England's lover, who adored these roses.
The plant has a good tolerance of poor soil and is suitable for hedges and cultivation in pots. It flowers in June and its hips are ornamental.
It is the oldest variety of variegated rose.
Origin: Europe, Southwestern Asia.
Other names: Rosa Mundi