Rosa fargesii Boulenger (Species) A tetraploid member of the Macrophylla-Moyesii group.

American Rose Annual (1925)

May 16, 2003 (SJH) Although labeled R. fargesii, this specimen is presumably R. moyesii 'Rosea', a pink-flowered selection raised from R. moyesii. This may be the "Rosa rosea-Moyesii" that Hurst diagnosed as AAEE, like R. fargesii.

Note the elongated styles.

Roses in Colour and Cultivation, by T. C. Mansfield, 1947, facing p. 152
R. fargesii at top, left and bottom. The purply-pink flowers are R. willmottiae.

Journal of the International Garden Club, 1(2): 494, 496 (Dec 1917)
Walter Van Fleet
Rosa Moyesi and R. Fargesii are two beautiful Chinese species of the R. macrophylla type, little known in this country. They are strong growers when established on their own roots, quite hardy, and produce showy blooms of great substance, deep brownish red in color. R. Fargesii has the darker flowers, but both are exceedingly attractive, and if they will "nick" with improved garden roses, very distinct varieties may result. I have not heard of either species fruiting here, but the pollen has been used here and abroad, apparently with good results.


Gardeners' Chronicle ser.3: 45: 19 (Jan 11, 1919)
R. A. Rolfe.
A HANDSOME Rose has appeared in cultivation under the name of Rosa Fargesii, the botanical source of which I have been unable to trace. In any case its characters agree so closely with those of the now well-known Rosa Moyesii, Hemsi, and Wils. (Bot. Mag., t. 8,328) that it can only be considered as a variety of that striking Rose. There are bushes of both in the Kew collection, which I carefully compared when in bloom, and found an almost complete agreement in habit, armature, foliage, and in the large flowers with deep crimson petals—characters which are found in no other species of Rose. A fruiting branch of the so-called Rosa Fargesii, illustrated in fig. 6, shows the graceful character of the fruits and foliage. The fruits are about 2 inches long, bright red in colour, clothed with numerous slender, glandular bristles, and crowned with the persistent sepals, which are united at the base into a short cup. As to the origin of this Rose, we may assume that it is an introduction of the Rev. Paul Farges, a French missionary, who made extensive collections in North-east Szechuen, near the borders of Shan-si and the Ta-pa-shan Mountains, though it is not included in a list of his novelties described by Franchet. According to the latter author, Farges' collections in 1896 amounted to about two thousand in number, and he was still collecting in the same mountainous region, which, by the way, is within the area of Rosa Moyesii. His collections are at Paris, and duplicates of some of them are at Kew, though I find no specimen of this particular Rose in the Kew Herbarium. The Kew plant of R. Fargesii was received from Messrs. James Veitch and Sons in 1913, which is all that I have been able to ascertain of its history. It is a graceful and beautiful plant, whether in flower or fruit.

Gardeners' Chronicle ser.3: 45: 56 (Feb 1, 1919)
A. B. B.
Rosa Moyesii var. Fargesii (see p. 19).—In his interesting note in your issue of January 11 Mr. Rolfe discusses the Rose species Moyesii and Fargesii, and concludes that the two cannot be separated. I notice that he describes the colour of both as "deep crimson," but that hardly does justice to the colour, the charm of which it is difficult to discuss in words, the nuance being of the type of tint to which the title "old" is generally given. To me the colour suggests something characteristically Chinese, recalling the tints of the old embroideries of that country. There is certainly no other flower giving the same colour effect. I wonder whether your contributor can explain the occasional appearance at shows of a variety in which the flowers are of a disagreeable terracotta or Austrian Briar appearance? The description of R. Moyesii in more than one rosarian's catalogue suggests that this variety is fairly widespread, and this may account for the want of appreciation which seems to be shown of what is undoubtedly the most striking Rose novelty of this generation. It may be that the colour of the atrocity which often masquerades as Moyesii is due to some peculiarity of the cultural conditions (I have seen it as a pot plant only), but if the colour is constitutional let us give it a name which will serve as danger-signal.

Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society - Page liii (1923)
Mr. J. C. Allgrove, Langley: Rosa Fargesii, a deep-rose species from China.

The Rose Annual, Page 32 (1929)
Fargesii. — A Chinese Rose with large rose-pink flowers and numberless bright red fruits; bushes 6 feet or more high.

Gardeners' Chronicle, p. 334 (1925)
Rosa Fargesii
In The Gardeners' Chronicle for January 3, 1925, page 8, an unnamed correspondent calls attention to the misleading character of the name Rosa Fargesii, the binomial Latin form of which conveys the impression that this is a species of Rose new to science, when in fact it is merely one of the pink-flowered forms of Rosa Moyesii.

Gardeners Chronicle & New Horticulturist, ser.3 162: 72 (1967)
More common in its natural habitat than R. moyesii is its pink form, R. moyesii rosea or R. holodonta, being otherwise identical. R. moyesii fargesii is similar but has the distinction of being a tetraploid form, containing 28 chromosomes as do most contemporary rose cultivars, the popular hybrid teas and floribundas.

A Rose by Any Name, p. 123 (2009)
Douglas Brenner, Stephen Scanniello
Paul Guillaume Farges:  Strong pink R. moyesii 'Fargesii'. native to Sichuan and Yunnan, is the only rose bearing his name.
[What about Rosa fargesiana Boulenger?]