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The buds and stems of the Moss roses are covered with tiny perfumed hairs or "moss" and exude a sweet fragrance that lingers after handling the roses. This is a scent which, to many people, evokes nostalgic memories of a grandmother's garden. The Mosses are actually mutations or "sports" of other types of Old Garden Roses, most commonly the Centifolias. While both Centifolias and Mosses are predominately pink, Glandular growth on the sepals and down the flower stem presents a 'mossy' effect (see photo). Popular in the Victorian era, many Moss roses were bred for just this mossy attribute. This glandular growth is present on all roses, but it is much more pronounced on the Moss roses. (hardy to zone 5).
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