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"Nightmoss #3", bred by Paul Barden

Now THAT'S purple!This is a sister seedling to "Nightmoss #2" and "#1". All 3 came from the same seed hip, in fact! There were only about 7 seedlings from that sowing, and 4 of them turned out to be worth keeping.....very unexpected. (I think perhaps I should make that cross again some day!)

This plant has been one of the slowest to build up to significant size, but it is also the most shapely of the shrubs of this bunch. It now stands 18" tall, and is well covered in handsome greyish green foliage. It has been disease free for me so far. (Bonus!) Individual blooms are small: about 2 to 2.5 inches across, and reflex to form a pompon shape. There is a moderate, smoky/spicy scent also, very much like the Gallica fragrances....not exactly sweet, but earthy and spicy. It's hard to describe!

I have no intention of naming this rose or releasing it into commerce. It is the least free-blooming of the three, and the blooms last one or two days only before burning to an unsightly blackish color in the sun. It might do better in partial shade, but its too slow a grower and has little to receommend it when compared to other, better varieties.

ARS merit rating: none given"Nightmoss #3", opening bud showing mossing
Personal merit rating: undecided
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 5 to 8, zone 5 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 2 to 3 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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