Street Moss seedling",
bred by Paul Barden, 2001.
This rose came about as a selection from a group of open pollinated
seedlings from an unknown Centifolia Moss hybrid. The parent (unidentified)
was a thicket forming plant of about 2.5 feet all, bearing cupped silvery
pink blooms with highly mossy buds. This seedling is currently being
evaluated for garden value in my test beds. The plant has remained at
about 2 feet in height, and has not suckered far from the parent plant.
The foliage and overall shrub habit is very attractive, and the blooms
are very beautiful in the Old Garden Rose form. As did its parent, this
cultivar blooms once a year, in early summer.
blooms are produced in clusters of 3, and sometimes singly over a period
of several weeks in early summer, and they open well even in wet weather.
There is a very strong "old rose" fragrance that is typical
of this group.
have no plans to introduce this variety, as it doesn't really have anything
to offer that most of the named varieties from 150 years ago offer.
However, it is a nice, compact plant with elegants buds and well formed
blooms, so it remains in my garden for evaluation.
merit rating: 8.0
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones
5 to 8, zone 5 in a protected location.
Shrub size: unknown, currently at 2 feet tall by 2 feet
4.0, strong Old Rose scent.
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