Nastarana (Noisette) The original Nastarana (Rosa moschata nastarana Christ; R. pissardii (pissartii) Carriere) from Persia was described as a species related to Rosa moschata. This is possibly a seedling of that species, pollinated by a Noisette.

The "gul e reschti" or "flower of Rescht" mentioned by Miss Willmott was another Persian species of Musk rose described about the same time, and by the same author, as Nastarana. The so-called "Rose de Rescht" in commerce is not at all similar, being closer to the Portlands than Musks. Miss Willmott stated, quoting Dr. Christ, that the "Rose of Rescht" was purplish — almost certainly an English translation of the Latin "purpurascente", meaning "blush" rather than the purplish crimson of Miss Lindsay's bogus "Rose de Rescht".

Boissier (1888) wrote "flore minuto purpureo pleno", meaning that the double flowers were tinted with pink. Furthermore, they are borne singly (not clustered) from the leaf axils of the current season's growth, unlike the charming variety pictured below which seems closer to Rosa godefroyae Carr.

July 25, 2009 SJH

July 25, 2009 SJH

September 10, 2000 Gamble Garden, Palo Alto