Damask Roses

Damask roses are an ancient class of roses dating from biblical time. They are renowned for their fine fragrance. It is sometimes known as the Rose of Castile. A rose hybrid, it is derived from Rosa gallica and Rosa moschata. It growes up to 7 ft (2.2 m) tall. Its stems are densely armed with stout, curved prickles and stiff bristles. A non-recurrent bloomer, the perfume industry often refers to this rose as Damascus Rose. The crusader Robert de Brie is said to have brought this rose from Persia to Europe between 1254 and 1276. The name refers to Damascus, Syria.

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