Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
ROSA rugosa 'Alba'
Rugosa Rose, White Rugosa Rose
Highly fragrant, single, clear white roses don the branches of the white rugosa rose. Flowering can occur all season but is most prolific in the first flush of spring. The rugose leaves of this tough shrub rose are brighter green than those of pink forms and quite resistant to fungal disease. Very large pomegranate-like hips of deepest orange grace the branch tips later in the season. This naturally occurring variety has been in cultivation since the late 19th century and has received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit for its high performance and beauty.
Cold hardy, beautiful and tough, rugosa rose is a dense, thorny shrub rose native to eastern Asia. It is admired for its beautiful flowers and fruits as well as its resiliency to cold, high winds, ocean salt and drought. It has been introduced to North America and has naturalized across a large area of the northeast and Alaska.
The canes of rugosa rose are thickly covered with small, sharp thorns and compound rosaceous leaves with coarse, green leaflets that turn yellowish gold or bronzy shades in fall. Strongly fragrant, single, pink flowers with yellow stamens appear from early summer through the end of the growing season. White and deep pink flowered variants are also available. Once pollinated by bees and other insects, large, conspicuous, globose rose-hips follow. These turn bright orangish-red and are edible. In fact, they are rich in vitamin C and good for making rose hip jam.
Rugosa rose prefers full sun and average well-drained soil. It is amazingly cold hardy and tolerant of dry sandy soils, salt spray and wind. Plant as a large accent shrub in the mixed border or cottage garden, or use as attractive flowering hedge.
9 - 1
3 - 9
A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
4'-8' / 1.2m - 2.4m (6)
4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m (6)
Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall
Russia/Siberia, China, Japan, Korea
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Orange, Orange Red
Green, Lime Green
Green, Sandy Brown, Gray
Edible, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break
Preferred Commerce. All Rights Reserved.