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Moonstone

Moonstone
Rose of the Month For September 2006
by Barbara Picarelli

I have a passion for white roses and this one is gorgeous. The blooms are a knockout. Once again I was extremely fortunate to receive this rose from Gail Trimble.

The bush is tall and vigorous, with very little disease. The foliage is a rather dull green, but it has strong long stems for the single bloom. The flowers make up for any deficits it may have. Large velvety flowers with anywhere from 25 to 40 petals, 4-5 inches across with beautiful ivory white coloring edged with a fine light pink. A fabulous exhibition rose. Probably the ONLY drawback is the fragrance which is only very slight. I have had 3-4 roses in bloom (since its first huge spring flush) every week, and it wasn’t affected as much with the heat as some of my other roses.

With parents of ‘Crystalline’ and ‘Lynn Anderson’, how could it lose? Interestingly it is also known as ‘Cadillac DeVille’. A rose hybridized by none other than Tom Carruth, it was introduced by Weeks roses in 1998.

References: Modern Roses XI, Combined Rose List 2001
Photo by Gail Trimble.

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