Rosa x richardii
Common name: Holy rose of Abyssinia, rosa sancta, St. John's rose
Rosa x richardii is a pink shrub rose. It is supposedly the oldest cultivated rose in existence and is found around Christian churches established in Ethiopia in the 4th century. It has also been discovered in Egyptian pyramids as part of dried funerary wreaths. It was brought to the West at the end of the 19th century by an Italian botanist. Our unassuming specimen is found along the edge of Bed 55 facing the Heritage Rose Garden and was planted in 1997.
Photos taken in the Garden June 18, 2021