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'Rosa moschata 'Temple Musk'' rose Reviews & Comments
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Initial post 14 APR 17 by mmanners
An addition to the entry for Temple Musk:
This extra-double form of R. moschata was discovered in the late 1980s or early '90s by Charles Walker and John and Marie Butler, on the Temple family cemetery plot in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia. The sport from the "standard" double musk to the Temple form has been documented elsewhere on at least two other occasions. "Temple" usually has no stamens at all, and few or no carpels -- just many petaloids, and often a green vegetative center. While the petaloids of the usual double musk tend to turn brown and "fry" in hot sunshine, Temple tends to stay much fresher and better-looking under such conditions.
Discussion id : 95-389
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Initial post 13 OCT 16 by Steven Cook
I am curious if anyone growing this describe its fragrance and bloom frequency compared to the species.
Reply #1 of 3 posted 14 APR 17 by mmanners
We grow all three forms at Florida Southern College. Temple makes a somewhat more compact bush than the single or "normal" double forms. They all come into bloom at about the same time (late spring), then they all bloom continuously until we prune them the following winter. Because R. moschata produces most of its fragrance from the stamens, generally the more double they are, the less strongly fragrant. The quality of the fragrance is the same, just less of it. I do find "Temple" to be nicely fragrant, but not nearly as powerful as the single form.
Reply #2 of 3 posted 14 APR 17 by Steven Cook
Thanks for your response. Does it produce hips?
Reply #3 of 3 posted 14 APR 17 by mmanners
I don't recall seeing hips on "Temple." The single form makes lots of hips; the double form fewer.
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