bred by Ralph Moore, Visalia, California circa 1977. Released 2004.
Breeding: 'Fairy Moss'
X 'Old Master'. This fantastic rose is one of the many spectacular
seedlings under evaluation at Sequoia Nursery. This rose was bred in
the late 1970's and Sequoia Nursery has finally decided to release it
into commerce. (Mr. Moore pondered its merits for many years, considering
it to be too similar to the rose 'Regansberg'. While
there are similarities, I think 'The Dahlia Rose' is
a much nicer rose and it has much fuller blooms.) Near-white petals
have deep raspberry splashes at the bases, making for a very showy bloom.
It produces blooms in cluster of up to five, and each bloom is 3 to
3.5 inches across. The only thing missing is fragrance.
shrub itself is not overly large, growing to about 2.5 feet tall, and
slightly wider, depending on climate. The deep green foliage is quite
disease resistant. The whole effect is that of a broad Floribunda style
rose, and it blooms so profusely that the blooms nearly obscure the
rose has been released to commerce in 2004 and is available from The
Uncommon Rose and Sequoia
merit rating: NA
Personal merit rating: 8.5
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones
6 to 9, zone 5 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 2 to 4 feet tall, depending on climate.
Fragrance: 2.5 slight fragrance.
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