Rosa centifolia L. var. muscosa

The ‘Common Moss Rose’ is the original mossy sport of R. x centifolia L., first recorded in the 17th century.  It is a large sprawling shrub with highly scented, well-mossed, double pink flowers, to 8cm across, very large and full, globular in shape.  [Rivers (1854, 1857, 1863,) Paul (1848, 1863, 1888, 1903), Amat].  Gore describes its flowers as full, middle-sized to large, of a light pure pink colour.  



Horticultural & Botanical History

‘In the opinion of Miller, the Moss Rose, or Moss Province, as it is frequently called, is a perfectly distinct species; Linnaeus cinsiders it as a variety only of the centifolia: as it is found in our Nurseries in a double state only, and as we are ingnorant of what country is the produce, the decision of this matter must be left to future observation and inquiry.’  [BM t.69/1788].



History at Camden Park

Included in a handwritten list of roses dated 1861, probably intended for a new edition of the catalogue that was never printed.  [MP A2943].




Published Feb 12, 2010 - 09:51 AM | Last updated Jul 28, 2011 - 05:10 PM

Figured is a double, pale red rose with heavily mossed stems and buds.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.69, 1788.

Rosa centifolia L. muscosa | BM t.69/1788 | BHL


More details about Rosa centifolia L. var. muscosa
Family Rosaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, Europe

  • Rosa muscosa Mill.
  • Common Moss rose
  • Rosa rubra
  • Old Moss rose


Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Rosa Common moss 



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