The Crested Moss Rose, is more like a Centifolia rose than the Moss roses. It is also known as 'Cristata' and 'Chapeau de Napoleon'.
The Crested Moss rose is a Once bloomer that produces bright pink flowers that are cupped, and rather heavy on the bush. You might want to stake the stems to stop them from bending down.
Even the opening buds with their fringed mossy sepals are attractive on this bush. The grey-green leaves are heavily serrated.
When it is in full bloom, the rose-pink flowers cover the arching bush.
These old garden roses are a treasure to have in your garden.
Even though you only get one flush of blooms, they are worth the effort
to grow them in the garden.
Type Moss Rose
Hybridizer Vibert 1827
Blooms Large, rose-pink blooms are 4”across, with 35-40 petals.
Growth Habits Vigorous grower, upright, bushy The bush can reach 5’ tall by 4-5’ wide
Foliage small, gray-green, matte, broad, heavily serrated.
Awards Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit 1993
Hardy Zone 4-9
This rose can grow to 5' tall, but is rather sparsely foliated. It has a good number of sharply pointed prickles (thorns)as well.
It is probably a seedling of Rosa x Centifolia.
Plant it in the back of the garden, with smaller plants in front of it to cover its sparse foliage.
It is a very easy to grow, and a very healthy growing rose. It makes a nice rose for a Cottage garden.
When it is in full bloom, the flowers are beautiful, and will add a romantic feel to the garden. The drooping flower heads, with the stunning pink color, and intense fragrance, reminds me of the old fashioned Victorian roses.
As with all once-blooming roses, when pruning in late winter, do not prune old wood. The old wood is what the flowers are produced on. Little pruning is needed on this rose, other than to remove dead, diseased, or damaged growth.
If you favor 'old garden roses', take a closer look at this beauty!
You might find it listed by another name that it is known under;'Cristata'
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