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These are the ARS standard abbreviations. Some are more obvious than others!

ARS Approved Horticutural Classifications

  Old Garden Roses   Miniature Roses
A Alba Cl Min Climbing Miniature
Ayr Ayrshire Min Miniature
B Bourbon and Climbing Bourbon   Shrubs
Bslt Boursault HMsk Hybrid Musk
C Centifolia HRg Hybrid Rugosa
Ch China and Climbing China K Kordesii
Cl T Climbing Tea S Shrub
D Damask   Hybrid Teas, Grandifloras, Floribundas, Polyanthas, Ramblers and Climbers
E Eglanteria Cl F Climbing Floribunda
G Gallica Cl Gr Climbing Grandiflora
HBc Hybrid Bracteata Cl HT Climbing Hybrid Tea
HCh Hybrid China Cl Pol Climbing Polyantha
HFt Hybrid Foetida F Floribunda
HMult Hybrid Multiflora Gr Grandiflora
HP Hybrid Perpetual and Climbing Hybrid Perpetual HT Hybrid Tea
HSem Hybrid Sempervirens LCl Large-flowered Climber
HSet Hybrid Setigera Pol Polyantha
HSpn Hybrid Spinosissima R Rambler
M Moss and Climbing Moss    
Misc. OGR Miscellaneous OGR    
N Noisette    
P Portland    
Sp Species    
T Tea    

ARS Color Classifications

w White, Near White, and White Blend or Orange Red and Orange Red Blend
ly Light Yellow lp Light Pink
my Medium Yellow mp Medium Pink
dy Deep Yellow dp Deep Pink
yb Yellow Blend mr Medium Red
ab Apricot and Apricot Blend dr Dark Red
ob Orange and Orange Blend rb Red Blend
op Orange Pink and Orange Pink Blend m Mauve and Mauve Blend
    r Russet

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