Rosa moschata (musk rose) is a species of rose long in cultivation. Its wild origins are uncertain but are suspected to lie in the western Himalayas.
It is a shrub (to 3m) with single white 5 cm flowers, blooming on new growth from late spring until late autumn in warm climates, or from late summer onwards in cool-summer climates. The flowers have a characteristic "musky" scent.
It is recorded in cultivation as least as far back as the 16th century.
It is important in cultivation as a parent to several groups of cultivated roses, notably the damask rose and the noisette group, and is valued for its scent and for its unusually long season of bloom among rose species.
The rose hip seed oil is used for a variety of skin conditions, including dermatitis, acne and eczema, for mature and sun burnt skin as well as brittle nails and wrinkles. Rose hip oil is also frequently used to heal scarring and diminish photo-aging.
• Graham Thomas Old Musk
• Musk Rose
• Rosa moschata 'Graham Thomas Old Musk'
• Rosa moschata Herrm.
• Rosa ruscinonensis Grén. & Déségl. synonym
• Rosier Musqué
• Single Musk
Also referenced as: Rose musquette, Rose muscadelle, Rosa Damascena simplici flore, Rosa moschata alba, Weiss Muscatenrose, Rosa moschata et Damascena, Rosa persica (moschata), Rosa muscheta, Rosa coroneola, Rosa sera, Rosa autumnalis, Musket Röschen, Bisamröslein, Rosa Damascena flore simplici, Rosellina Dommaschina, White Cluster Rose, Rosa Moschata simplex, Einfache Damascenerröslein