Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Redouté: Rosa canina burboniana

This illustration of Rosa canina burboniana, which is also called Rosier de l'Île Bourbon or the Bourbon rose, is from Les Roses by Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840).

A few facts about Redouté

A few more facts about Redouté

A few facts about Rosa canina burboniana
1. The rose's name comes not from the drink, but from the name of the island, formerly known as Bourbon and now called Réunion, where it was discovered. The island is in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and about 120 miles southwest of Mauritius.
2. The flower has a strong fragrance.
3. The bush is tall, five to six feet in height.
4. Although it is not known as a continuous bloomer, it blooms in several flushes throughout the season.
5. It is relatively hardy, to −15F (-26C).


  1. I love these sketches of the rose. So detailed and lovely.