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Chapeau de Napoleon - Moss Rose

Chapeau de Napoleon

Moss. Bred by Vibert in France in 1826.
Use:
 
Shrub, Border
Color:
 
Pink
Form:
 
Muddled
Fragrance:
 
Strong Spicy
Remontance:
 
None
Abundance:
 
Moderate
Bloom Size:
 
Modest (2-4 in)
Cold Hardiness:
 
Zone 4 - 9
Height & Width:
 
4 ft x 4 ft
Recommendation:
 
Recommended

Comments Its name derives from the very uniquely shaped sepals that frame the rose buds. These are certainly interesting; but they may be the least important reason to grow the rose. Rather, one might grow it because it is very healthy and persistent, even if not overly vigorous. It was found growing on a masonry a wall in Fribourg, Switzerland in 1820, evidently an accident of nature. Its flowers are not big, but it makes plenty of them. It is not remontant, but it blooms for a few weeks in early summer. And it holds its flowers on a beautiful and well-branched shrub that draws one nearer to smell its delicious spicy fragrance.