A rose that has large, beautiful flowers throughout most of the summer. The rose hips of Rosa rugosa can be nibbled on fresh as an excellent source of vitamin C, made into jelly, or dried for use as a tea. The leaves of Rosa rugosa are attractive, plants are hardy and disease resistant. These roses are very thorny and make an excellent hedge. Zone 2-9.
Pink to red flowering selection. Single magenta flowers with large boss of yellow stamens at center are spangled throughout dense shrubby bushes most of the summer. Large edible orange hips late summer through fall, as well as colorful yellow to orange mottled fall leaf color. Red Rugosa Rose makes a great hedge plant due to thorny and thick canes that colonize into wide rows. Grows to about 6 ft. tall by 6 ft. wide. Most disease-resistant rose variety; will even flower in part shade. Variety 'Rubra'. Zone 3-10.
White flowering selection with beautiful 3" flowers from late spring to mid summer, followed by large red rose hips. The rose hips can be nibbled on fresh as an excellent source of vitamin C, made into jelly or dried for use as a tea. The leaves are very attractive. White Rugosa Rose plants are hardy and disease resistant. Very thorny. Makes an excellent hedge. The variety 'Alba'. Zone 2-9.