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rosa rugosa / HEIRLOOM JAPANESE RED ROSE / 1/2 pound
Listing # 55822
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Listing Format: Fixed Price
Price per item: Buy Now for $186.69
Quantity: 99
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Location: SUNNY CALIFORNIA!
Started : 5/18/2007 9:16:52 PM
Ended: 6/17/2007 9:16:52 PM
Seller: itrinkets (0)  
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DESCRIPTION
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The Red Rugosa Rose is renowned for its near-indestructiblity, attractive form, and beautiful, vitamin C–rich hips. It's everything fancier roses tend never to be. This low-maintenance beautiful shrub with its crinkly leaves is adaptable to almost any soil condition. It produces beautiful, very fragrant flowers in vast numbers starting no later than late spring & lasting until the first hard frost. The numerous sweet & edible fruits it produces are very rich in Vitamin E and C and are used to make rose hip teas. Sieved seeds were traditionally saved, dried, ground up and mixed with flour to use in baked goods. The flowers are also edible raw or cooked and the leaves can be used for tea. And for home-canning purposes, they are excellent mixed with any type of fruit or berry to increase the pectin content & their Vitamin C quotient, or mixed with bitter types of autumn berries, crabapples, or green apples, to increase their sweetness. June is regarded as the height of their flowering and the fruits, or rose hips, ripen in August; later summer blooms will produce hips that ripen in autumn. The fruits are soft & sweet right off the shrub as soon as they are fully ripened.

The name "rugosa" refers to the wrinkly leaves, which are glossy & attractive in their own right, so that the shrub in or out of flower is really quite attractive. The densely spined upright limbs have a stark glory in winter.
 
It is known as Saltspray Rose, Sand Rose, Beach Tomato, or Sea Tomato, for it is preferentially a coastal plant & likes severe maritime conditions. It is the Rugosa Rose, or Wrinkled Rose, Shrub Rose, for its dense foliage, or Hedgehog Rose for the density of its thorns.

Care of rugosas is a cinch. They do not require fertilization to bloom & fruit well. They want full sun, though they are tolerant of a little shade if need be. The most that needs to be done for their maximum beauty is an annual pruning, in late winter before spring growth begins. The oldest canes should be cut out of the shrub, right down to the ground.

Suckers are easily removed when still young, if an increasingly wide shrub isn't desirable. Suckers can be potted & given away as gifts once they're well rooted. If the suckers are gotten soon enough as stubby shoots devoid of pricklies, they can be cooked in soups.
GARDEN USES:

Ground covers (Plant species roses, vigorous shrubs that look best in a naturalistic setting, in a shrub border where they can grow freely. Use these as ground covers or to stabilize shore slopes and dunes; the thorny branches form impenetrable hedges.), hedges or shrub borders. 

FEATURES
Attractive flowers
Attractive fruits or seed heads
Attracts birds
Drought tolerant
Fragrance
Heirloom or antique

COMBINE WITH
other shrubs, such as viburnums, hydrangeas, butterfly bushes (Buddleia), and smokebush (Cotinus), which bloom before and after species roses do and bear attractive fruits, creating year-round garden interest.  

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