Rosa 'Scabrosa'

Rugosa rose

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Fruit, Scented flowers, Thorns



Skill level


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Plant details

This is a particularly versatile rose. Like all rugosas it is very hardy, tolerant of poor soils and shade, and extremely disease-resistant. It can be grown in large tubs and other containers, or may be planted close together to create an informal hedge or low screen, although plants need firm pruning to avoid bare stems and gaps at the base. In full bloom in mid-summer, the bushes are a magnificent sight, covered with the large semi-double blooms, fluttering like crepe paper in the breeze while, in autumn, the fine foliar tints complement the large vivid red hips. As a shrub rose, it is best pruned in late summer, after flowering has finished. Prune most stems lightly. To encourage young, vigorous growth, cut back a few of the oldest stems each year. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Rosa

Cultivar: Scabrosa

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Fruit, Scented flowers, Thorns

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 170cm

Spread: 170cm

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