Rougemoss, bred by Ralph Moore, Visalia California, 1972.
'Rougemoss' is another of the full-sized shrub Moss Roses that Ralph Moore developed along the way in his search for Miniature Mosses. This is a Floribunda type shrub, densely branched bearing 3" rich scarlet blooms in small clusters of 3 or more, and occasionally singly. There is a slight fragrance to the blooms, but the moss has a strong balsam scent when rubbed. The bush itself is compact and well-behaved, but is fairly prone to blackspot, and can be slow to repeat. If you want a rose that will perform as a showpiece, this is not a good choice. However, if you are interested in the Moss shrubs and like the 'Collector's items', then this is well worth growing.
For those of you
who are interested in the evolution of thise hybrid, here is a key to
the crosses made in the creation of 'Rougemoss':
While little has been done with 'Rougemoss' since its creation, it is likely well worth exploring as a parent to create new Moss roses.
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