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"Nightmoss #1", bred by Paul Barden, 1998.

"Nightmoss #1"This is another of the Moss hybrids I obtained from a cross of 'Nuits de Young' X 'Tuscany Superb'.

The color is a rich, velvety purple, much like the other cultivar, but this one tends to open fully to display stamens. Although I like fully double blooms, I also enjoy open blooms like this...the contrast between the petals and the stamens is wonderful. There is a very nice fragrance that is rich and a kind of earthy, smoky rose scent. As were both of its parents, this will be a once-blooming variety, blooming for a period of about 4 weeks in early summer.

At this point, it is hard to evaluate the plant fully, as it is still just a large seedling. (Still in a 5 gallon container, the plant is about 3 feet tall) It has a habit that is very similar to its mossy "Nightmoss #1"parent, with many small prickles covering the canes, and smallish dark green foliage. A very attractive plant in my estimation. Like both of its parents, it will undoubtedly be quite winter hardy to at least zone 5, I would think. I have no plans to market this rose yet......but perhaps if enough people found it desirable, I would think about it.

ARS merit rating: None assigned....too new.
Personal merit rating: 8.0
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 5 to 8, zone 5 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 4 to 5 feet tall.
Fragrance: 3.5, strong Centifolia 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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