'Rosa rugosa 'Atropurpurea'' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Cliff's High Desert Garden Archival Dec, 2011 last updated 101812
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.
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.