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Barbara Oliva, bred by Paul Barden, 2004.

Barbara OlivaThis seedling arose from a lot of open pollinated seed collected from an unidentified OGR-type pink Moss. There were several seedlings saved and planted out for assessment, but most of these were pale pinks of poor health or sub-standard petals substance, and were subsequently discarded. This is the only seedling that remains after five years assessment. (It was previously listed under the name "Epplett Moss Seedling") This rose is named for a California rosarian who does much work in her area to educate people about older roses

and their preservation.

This variety has proven to be a very attractive shrub, with full, lush foliage and arching canes once mature which display clusters of bloom along the length of the canes. Individual blooms are about 3.5 inches in diameter, on average, and have an excellent perfume of good intensity. As with all Mosses of older European origin, this rose blooms for four to six weeks in early Summer only. However, it is very generous with its bloom and they are of the finest OGR style. As you can see, the blossoms are very full, often containing over 150 petals each. The bloom color often changes with the weather, sometimes appearing a blend of deep purplish pinks and mauves, and often showing a deep smoky grape purple hue blended in, especially at the center of the bloom. Sometimes it even takes on grayish tints, especially as the flower ages. It is attractive at all stages and colors and has been a joy in my own garden.

As you can see from the photo of the buds, the moss is plentiful, but short and tight to the bud. The mossing is very glandular and produces much fragrant resin, which is very noticable when handled. (Click on the photo to see a larger version.)

ARS merit rating: NA
Personal merit rating: 8.2
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 4 to 8, zone 4 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 3 to 6 feet tall, depending on climate.
Fragrance: 4.0 rich, complex Old Rose scent.

"12-59-10" Mrs William Paul
Alfred de Dalmas "Nightmoss #1" (unregistered)
Barbara Oliva Nightmoss
Capitaine John Ingram "Nightmoss #3"(unregistered)
Cee Dee Moss Nuits de Young
Comtesse de Murinais "Orange Moss"
Connie Lohn Paintbrush
Dresden Doll Pelisson
Fuzzy Wuzzy Red Red Moss Rambler
Gabriel Noyelle Robert Leopold
Golden Moss Rougemoss
Goldmoss Salet
Heidi Scarlet Moss
Henri Martin "Single Moss"
Lemon Delight William Lobb
Loan Hulse Un-named seedling
Mme de la Roche-Lambert Violacée
Mel Hulse  

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