University of Maryland Extension

Rugosa Rose

Author: 
Ellen Nibali

Rosa rugosa

Planning the multi-season garden, an unusual choice is rugosa rose, with leaves puckered like seersucker, summer flower show, fall color and, to top it off, red rose hips into winter. Their hips (seed capsules) are substantial enough to stand out in the landscape.   Like all roses, look for a highly disease-resistant cultivar. ‘Frau Dagmar Hastrup’ produces a profusion of fragrant, light pink single flowers and plenty of big red hips that are showy from summer onwards. Plant in full sun with good air circulation and well-drained, slightly acid soil with some organic matter.  Rugosa rose is highly salt tolerant, suckers into clumps, and so robust it can naturalize. Rose hips can be used in soups, jam, teas and as a vitamin C supplement.  

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