'R. rugosa rubra' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Carolyn Parker
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.
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).
USDA zone 2b through 9b. Hardy. vigorous. drought resistant. produces decorative hips.
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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.