A Rose a Day 48. Chapeau de Napoleon
Chapeau de Napoleon is an excellent representative of it’s class. Small in stature, attention grabbing oddity, heavily mossed buds are easily described as looking like the “tricorne” hat, popularized by Napoleon. Canes and buds ooze with resinous aromatic globules of nose crinkling, spice and balsam. Flowers are pink, cabbage shaped and deeply fragrant.
AKA: ‘Crested Moss’, ‘Cristata’ and numerous others. See HMF
Discovered by: Kirche (Switzerland) 1827 Moss?
Introduced by: Jean Pierre Vibert (France) 1828?
From Peter Beales Classic Roses ‘ Introduced by Vibert 1826
From Paul Barden’s Old Garden Roses and Beyond website:
‘this rose was discovered growing on a convent wall in Fribourg, Switzerland around 1820.’
The “tricorne” or “cock” hat originated in the military in the 17th century. During Napoleon’s time and throughout the the 18th century it was predominant in European fashion and worn by the population at large.
Napoleon Bonaparte : Aug 15,1769 – May 5,1821.