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Velvet rose, unidentified rose, flaxleaf pimpernel, damask rose, water forget-me-not, and Austrian copper rose

c. 1650-82

RCIN 924345

The velvet rose (Rosa gallica) at upper left originated in France and southern Europe. The damask rose (Rosa damascena) at centre was thought to be a native of Damascus, though it grew all over the Near East. These are among the five ancestors of the garden roses of today.

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