Moss roses are a natural mutation or 'sport' of Rosa x centifolia, and were first recorded around 1720. All varieties have flower buds and stalks that display a moss-like growth that exudes a sticky oil with a fragrance reminiscent of Balsam. Variously attributed to trapping or warding off aphids and other pests, rose breeders of the 1800s quickly seized upon this mutation to produce a wide range of varieties that became very popular in Victorian times, although sadly only a few varieties are now available. Height to about 1.5m Moss roses are difficult to beat if you are after a classic 'cabbage' bloom, being beautifully scented, and although only once flowering, they are well worth it for the display that continues over several weeks in summer time. (Varieties include: the pure white 'Shailer's White Moss' and the richly purple 'William Lobb').
For planting advice, see Planting Containerised Roses - RV Roger Ltd
For pruning advice, see A Guide to Pruning Roses - RV Roger Ltd
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