The Rugosa Rose:
Wild Roses need Less Attention
Also known as Japanese rose and Ramanas rose, this wild beauty is a flowering shrub native to Asia where it grows along the coastline in sandy soiled areas. The name ‘Rugosa’ actually comes from the Japanese word ‘Hamansu’ which means ‘shore pear’ mostly due to its prickly bush-like foliage.
The Rugosa Rose is known for its sweetly scented leaves and beautiful flower heads that are usually dark pink to white and have a slightly crinkled petal. A true ornamental flower typical of the Oriental taste. It flowers all summer finally being replaced by rich red rose hips in the early winter months.
All rose plants are susceptible to diseases and pests far more than most other flowers and plants. The Rogosa rose will also be most likely attacked by one or both of these afflictions at some point, yet due it its innate strength and characteristics you will find that it can cope far better than most roses and will be unaffected. Recovery is quick from any damage that may have been done – no worry there either.
Propagation of a Rugosa rose is not a daunting task, sow it from seed or a variety of cuttings made from a fully grown plant. Once in place and you have given it a good watering, there is little else that this plant will need. It can sustain a lot of salt and chemicals in the air. Planting it near roads or windows is worry free of any contamination that may affect it.
Planting this rose species near outdoor seating areas or open windows will offer its beautiful wafting aroma for days on end. It grows well on its own or as part of a group. Try it as a hedgerow or edging plant.
All wild flowers are robust – this will to live with little attention offers the busy rose grower a way to have it all; carefree roses that provide delight and enchantment pleasing all of the senses. Only the Rugosa rose, a very fresh, happy flower from Asia offers so much and asks so little.