Crested Moss, also known as Chapeau de Napoleon, or R. centifolia cristata.
It is certainly one of the best of it's group, and not just a curiosity grown for it's odd sepals. The bloom is an exceptional clear pink color, well formed with a tidy button eye at the center. It also offers one of the best fragrances of any rose; an exquisite pure damask type fragrance, with slightly spicy or acrid undertones....very pleasant.
The shrub itself is of reasonably tidy growth, topping off at about 5 feet. As it ages, it may require some support to maintain its shape. It is a bit sparse in foliage, compared to, say, Rose de Rescht, but an attractive shrub just the same. I find it to be quite disease resistant and modestly vigorous. My three year old plant is still about 3 feet tall so far, making a foot of growth a year. As do all the Centifolias, it blooms only in the early summer, but for a long period over several weeks. And of course, it does have those strange, parsley-like sepals to add to it's charms! This is in all respects a beautiful shrub well worth a place in any rosarians garden.
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