Grow an Easy-Care Rugosa Rose for Rugged Beauty

Durable Asian rugosa roses are adaptable. Given its leathery, dark green foliage, rugosa means “wrinkled” in Latin. Thorny plants. Single or double white, magenta, or yellow blooms.   

Pruning Rugosa Rose

Rhodies need frequent pruning, but your rugosa rose will need less.

Are Rugosa Roses Invasive?

The easy-to-grow plants can quickly form a hedge or barrier by seeding and sucking.

Before planting near natural areas, verify your state's invasive plant list because they're invasive in Maine. 

Rugosa Rose Wildlife Benefit

Bees enjoy their blossoms and birds eat their hips. Their thick branches shield little birds in winter.

Rugosa Rose Hip

Their October one-inch orange-red hips make rugosas “sea tomatoes”. Rugosa rose hips make fantastic tea, jam, and jelly and have more vitamin C than oranges. This rose family's best hips are rugosa.  

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