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Nur Mahal - Hybrid Musk Rose

Nur Mahal

Hybrid Musk. Bred by Pemberton in UK in 1923.
Use:
 
Shrub
Color:
 
Crimson
Form:
 
Semi-Double
Fragrance:
 
Powerful Musk
Remontance:
 
Repeats
Abundance:
 
Plentiful
Bloom Size:
 
Small (1-2 in)
Cold Hardiness:
 
Zone 5 - 10
Height & Width:
 
8 ft x 6 ft
Recommendation:
 
Recommended

Comments Bishop Joseph Pemberton named this rose after the wife a seventeenth century Indian Moghul who, coincidently, was aunt of the woman for whom the Taj Mahal was built. Nur Mahal is credited with the invention of attar of roses. Appropriately, this rose produces huge numbers of very fragrant crimson flowers which fade quickly to rose. They are semidouble and are usually quite floppy. Typical of the best hybrid musk roses, the plant is vigorous and well branched.

BTW: This was one of Pemberton's last introductions, and as one of his most fragrant roses, it illustrates how his aesthetic sensibility contrasted with those who worked with multiflora hybrids in his day. His own gardener, Bentall, released Ballerina and The Fairy, great roses but for their lack of fragrance. And his colleague Peter Lambert's great ironclad roses mostly lacked fragrance, too.