Golden Moss, bred by Pedro Dot, Spain 1932.
Breeding: 'Frau Karl Druschki' X ('Souvenir de Claudius Pernet' X 'Blanche Moreau')
Pedro Dot has become well known for his early breeding of Miniature roses, but the work he did was quite diverse and included what was undoubtedly the first yellow Moss rose. 'Golden Moss' (Not to be confused with Ralph Moore's 'Goldmoss', which is a great-grandchild of 'Golden Moss') is a once-blooming Moss shrub of great vigor and somewhat lax growth. It is perhaps best trained on a support of some sort, as it will make canes up to 8 feet tall. Sadly, it isn't very free with its bloom, but they are lovely just the same.
Individual blooms are about 3 inches in diameter, cupped until the very end when they relfex and flatten. Not only is the mossing fragrant, but the bloom has a very nice sweet scent as well. In my experience, 'Golden Moss' is very mildew prone, especially late in the Summer, but since the plant is not in bloom at that time, its not much of an issue.
I would have to say that if you were to choose only a few select Moss roses for your collection, this wouldn't be high on the list, since it blooms only once and not particularly generously. It is also very fast to fade to off-white, and its growth habit leaves something to be desired in my opinion. 'Goldmoss' is a much better shrub in every way. Still, I have found a place for 'Golden Moss' in my garden and I keep it for its historical significance.
merit rating: NA
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