Rosarum Monographia. p. 65 (1820)
John Lindley


This has much the appearance of the last [R. damascena], but may be distinguished by its sepals not being reflexed at any period, the flowers full double, and the petals very large, whence the name of Cabbage Rose, by which it is usually known. Its fruit is either oblong or roundish; but never elongated. From gallica it may be told by its flowers being cernuous, and by the larger size of its prickles, with a more robust habit. It is well known that these plants are usually propagated by inlaying; but it is somewhat curious that, although the layers of R. damascena strike root readily, those of centifolia and gallica do not.