Double rose is a term used for a rose in heraldry when it has not only five petals, but additionally five petals within the outer petals. It is in essence a combination of two roses, one on top of the other. A standard heraldic rose should not be depicted this way but has only the five outer petals.
An example of this heraldic charge is the Tudor rose, which is (most usually) a double rose gules and argent, barbed and seeded proper, but as it is so common in English heraldry it is often just blazoned as a "Tudor rose" or a "Tudor rose proper", for instance in the coat of arms of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, London.
- Friar, Stephen, ed. (1987). A New Dictionary of Heraldry. London: Alphabooks/A&C Black. p. 286. ISBN 0 906670 44 6.
- Theophrastus mentioned double roses in his Enquiry into Plants, written before 286 BC.
- Wang GuoLiang (2007). "A study on the history of Chinese roses from ancient works and images". Acta Horticulturae. 751: 347–356.
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