bred by Paul Barden, 2000.
'Nightmoss' X 'Scarlet
This cultivar is being used only as a breeding plant for the next generation
of Moss Hybrids I am working on. As its seed parent, 'Nightmoss'
is a once-blooming Centifolia Moss hybrid, this seedling has inherited
that quality also. It has latent genes for repeat bloom in it, though,
which will be expressed to some degree in the next generation when crossed
with another repeat blooming variety. (In order for a rose to be fully
repeat blooming, the genes for repeat bloom must be present twice; once
from each of its parents in order to be expressed in the offspring)
It is my intention to breed a fully remontant Moss hybrid in some shade(s)
of crimson or purple on both climbing and shrub sized plants. Clearly,
Old Garden Rose bloom form has been expressed in this hybrid, and it
is exactly this form that I wish to see passed on to future generations.
With luck that will happen. There are a number of Moss hybrids that
I will explore as potential parents to hybridize with this seedling,
including 'Rose Gilardi',
'Mel Hulse', 'Scarlet
Moss', 'Rougemoss', and
'Red Moss Rambler', to name a few.
seedling is a very vigorous plant of semi-climbing habit, upright but
freely branching from the base. The foliage is highly glossy like that
of 'Scarlet Moss', but with
a stiffer texture and darker color. The canes are very thorny and the
buds are heavily mossed, as you can see. This is a very attractive rose
in its own right, but it has only one cycle of bloom in early summer,
with no repeat till the following year.
merit rating: under evaluation/breeding plant.
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones
5 to 8, zone 5 in a protected location.
Shrub size: unknown.
2.o, slight fragrance.
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