Botanist's Glossary

Musk rose - Rosa moschata

  • Description
    • A hardy, evergreen climbing rose, the musk rose can grow to a height of 12 meters. Its flowers form creamy white, generous inflorescences with a pronounced musky scent. The wild musk rose has single blooms.
  • Traditions
    • Native to the region of Iran and Afghanistan (a similar species exists in Ethiopia), the musk rose was spread to other parts of the world by the Arabs and probably arrived in Christian Europe before the 16th century. The double-flowered hybrids, sometimes in shades of pink or salmon, have now eclipsed the original species.
  • Properties
    • Musk rose seed oil is used for its moisturizing properties.