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Poppy Rose®: the new humanitarian rose (06/092013) (06/09/2013)
In the Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, the new ‘Poppy Rose’ was baptised on account of the outset of the memorial services devoted to the hundredth birthday of the Great War (1914 – 1918).
This Moschata has single, dark red flowers that remind of the flower of Poppy, that has become the symbol of World War I thanks to the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’, written by the Canadian physician and soldier John Mc Crae.
It is a bush growing up to 100 cm of height, and blooming throughout summer. The stamens spread a light herby scent. Remarkable is that the young leaf is brownish, and gradually becomes dark green while it ages. A peculiar dark red hue that has never been seen in this group of Hybrid Moschatas.
The Poppy Rose is sold for humanitarian purposes: it is an initiative of Rotary Ypres and Lens Roses, in favour of vzw Apopo, a Belgian NGO and social organisation, with headquarters in Tanzania. Apopo trains rats, which have a well-developed sense of smell. These rats are deployed in different countries to trace land mines and screen tuberculosis (www.apopo.org).
Godmother of the Poppy Rose is Ann Bulcke, the wife of honorary governor Paul Breyne, who is high commissioner for the Great War memorial. Godfather is Mr. Bart Weetjens, founder and inspirer of Apopo. Do you wish to buy the rose, contact the initiative via poppyrose@rotaryclubieper.be.

Price: 18 euros for the rose in pot, 14,80 euros for the bare-rooted rose.