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Musk Rose

Rosa moschata ‘plena’

The true musk rose, Rosa moschata, is an ancient species from southern Europe and the Middle East that, until recently, was thought to be extinct. A related, hardier species from Asia was introduced during the late nineteenth century and nearly superseded the true European musk. In cultivation since the fifteenth century, the Rosa moschata is the parent of many important varieties including the fragrant Noisette roses. The musk rose is found in both single and double forms, Rosa moschata plena, and bears extremely fragrant, alabaster white flowers beginning in late May and continuing into the fall. In England it is also known as the Autumn rose, and was mentioned in Medieval herbals and in the writings of Shakespeare.

Related: The Lioness, the Musk, and the Monticello's Bell Garden

Growth Type: 
Woody Shrub
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Location at Monticello: 
West Front oval
Planting Conditions: 
full sun
Blooming History: 
2011 Jun 1 to 2011 Jul 152012 Jun 4 to 2012 Dec 42014 Jun 16 to 2014 Nov 212015 Jun 15 to 2015 Nov 242016 Jul 4 to 2016 Nov 122017 Jun 30 to 2017 Nov 10
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