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Capitaine John Ingram, bred by Jean Laffay, 1854.

Named for a Horse Guard in the service of Her Majesty, the Queen of England.

For some reason this Centifolia Moss is a rather obscure rose at this time. I can't imagine why, though, as it is every bit as nice a rose as other purple Mosses like 'Nuits de Young', and in fact, the bloom form is superior to many others.

'Capitaine John Ingram' will form a dense twiggy shrub about 4 to 5 feet tall and about 3 to 4 feet wide. The foliage is typical of this group: somewhat coarse by modern standards, but covers the bush well. Blooms are medium sized at 2.5 to 3 inches across, and are borne in clusters of 3 or more. The fragrance is excellent, and the blooms are very double, often showing a button eye as in the photo. As you can see from the illustration below, there is a good amount of mossing on the buds and down onto the canes, which, like all Moss roses, are quite prickly. This rose is a once-bloomer like most of its clan, flowering over a four week period in early summer.

I think this is a most exqisite variety and is well worth including in any collection of older European roses.

ARS merit rating: NA
Personal merit rating: 8.7
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 5 to 8, possibly even zone 4.
Shrub size: 3 to 5 feet tall.
Fragrance: 4.0, strong 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"
Lady Moss William Lobb
Lemon Delight Un-named seedling
Loan Hulse Violacée
Mme de la Roche-Lambert  
Mel Hulse  

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