Alfred de Dalmas, bred by Portemer, France 1855.
The rose under this name is sometimes called 'Mousseline' also. There is some confusion as to whether or not they are the same rose. The passage of time has obscured their distictiveness, if, in fact, there was any! (Sometimes it was the practice to release a rose under a different name when introducing it into a new country....a practice that is still done to this day!)
'Alfred de Dalmas' is one of the most reliable of the repeat blooming Mosses, comparable also to 'Salet' for frequency of bloom. The soft, blush colored buds open to medium sized cupped blooms which fade to a white with hints of blush. There is a fairly good fragrance, most noticable from the mossing which is a soft brown-green hue.
The shub is well shaped, of a short, compact stature, not unlike a Portland Damask. Some references suggest that it may be related to a variety of Autumn Damask, possibly 'Quatre Saisons Blanc Mosseau'. It takes a while to reach its mature size, and so it is not likely to overwhelm its owner and reach beyond its allotted space! Foliage is healthy, with a rare bit of Blackspot only under stressful conditions. This is considered to be one of the finest of all the repeat blooming Mosses from the 1800's.
merit rating: 7.9
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