Hybrid Moyesii (HMoy)
Hybrid Moyesii roses are a small but important group of roses that are recognized for their large, single flowers and attractive, ornamental hips. They are hybrids of Rosa moyesii, a species of rose that is native to China, and other cultivated rose varieties.
Hybrid Moyesii roses typically bloom in late spring or early summer and produce large, single flowers in shades of pink, red, or white. The flowers are usually followed by large, bright red hips that persist on the plant into the winter months, providing interest and color in the garden. The foliage of Hybrid Moyesii roses is usually glossy and dark green, with a slightly rough texture.
One of the most well-known cultivars in this group is ‘Geranium’, which was first introduced in the 1920s and has become a popular choice for gardeners due to its large, crimson-red flowers and striking hips. Another popular cultivar is ‘Ballerina’, which features delicate, single pink flowers and attractive, orange-red hips.
Hybrid Moyesii roses are named after James Moyes, a British plant hunter who collected the original Rosa moyesii specimens in China in the early 20th century. Since then, numerous breeders have worked to develop new cultivars in this group, including famous rosarians such as David Austin and Kordes. These efforts have resulted in a wide variety of Hybrid Moyesii roses that are appreciated for their beauty and hardiness in gardens all over the world.