Wild Roses: Rugosa

RugosaThe Rugosa rose, also known as Japanese rose and Ramanas rose. This beautiful flowering shrub is native to Asia and was first seen in China, Japan and Korea where it grows along the coastline in sandy soiled areas. The name ‘Rugosa’ rose actually comes from the Japanese word ‘Hamans’ which means ‘shore pear’, due to its prickly bush like foliage.

The Rogosa rose is a stunning example of an ornamental flower and is known for its sweetly scented leaves and beautiful flower heads that are usually dark pink to white and have a slightly crinkled look to the petals. The luscious blooms produced on this shrub make a wonderful addition to your garden. It flowers all summer finally being replaced by rich red rose hips in the early winter months.

The Rogosa rose is unlike the standard rose, as it needs only a good drainage system and occasional pruning in order for it to survive most conditions. It will grow in many soil types and different climatic areas with varied areas of sunlight, and is not in need of constant attention and cultivation to remain strong and healthy. 

All roses are susceptible to diseases and pests, rather 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 to its innate strength and characteristics you will find that it can cope a lot better than most roses, and will be unaffected and recover quickly from any damage that may be done. Propagation of a Rogosa rose is easy… It can be sown from seed (will germinate true to type) or can be propogated by taking cuttings.