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'Rosa Rugosa 'Rubra'' rose Description
'<i>Rosa rugosa</i> var. <i>rubra</i> Rehder' rose photo
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ARS:
Species.
Exhibition name: R. rugosa var. rubra
Class:
Species / Wild.  
Bloom:
Purple to violet.  Carmine-purple.  Moderate fragrance.  Large, single (4-8 petals), borne mostly solitary, cluster-flowered bloom form.  Occasional repeat later in the season.  
Habit:
Armed with thorns / prickles, bushy, sends out runners, suckers on its own roots, upright, well-branched.  Large, glossy, leathery, wrinkled (rugose) foliage.  7 leaflets.  
Height of 4' 11" to 6' 7" (150 to 200 cm).  
Growing:
USDA zone 2b through 9b.  Hardy.  vigorous.  drought resistant.  produces decorative hips.  
Ploidy:
Diploid
Parentage:
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Notes:
R. rugosa var. rubra Rehder (1902) is specifically described as the purple-flowered form of the species. It was, at least at the time it was initially described, thought to be a species selection. Now Modern Roses 12 notes that R. rugosa var. rubra is "considered indistinguishable from Rosa rugosa (Thunberg)." This comment recognizes that the species produces blooms in a range of colors, including both purple and white. See Modern Roses 12.
 
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