Capitaine John Ingram, bred by Jean Laffay, 1854.
Named for a Horse Guard in the service of Her Majesty, the Queen of England.
For some reason this Centifolia Moss is a rather obscure rose at this time. I can't imagine why, though, as it is every bit as nice a rose as other purple Mosses like 'Nuits de Young', and in fact, the bloom form is superior to many others.
'Capitaine John Ingram' will form a dense twiggy shrub about 4 to 5 feet tall and about 3 to 4 feet wide. The foliage is typical of this group: somewhat coarse by modern standards, but covers the bush well. Blooms are medium sized at 2.5 to 3 inches across, and are borne in clusters of 3 or more. The fragrance is excellent, and the blooms are very double, often showing a button eye as in the photo. As you can see from the illustration below, there is a good amount of mossing on the buds and down onto the canes, which, like all Moss roses, are quite prickly. This rose is a once-bloomer like most of its clan, flowering over a four week period in early summer.
I think this is a most exqisite variety and is well worth including in any collection of older European roses.
merit rating: NA
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