Want to grow your own edible, vitamin-rich, rosehips? Rosa Rugosa is what you need! The “hippie rose” may not have the bell bottoms but she’s got the hips! If you’ve ever wanted a sweet, fragrant rose but failed due to disease pressure and fungus, this resistant rose is for you. The wonderfully fragrant white roses on this special cultivar ‘Alba,’ bloom all summer long into October-November. Soon the very fragrant white flowers give way to orange-red fruits (rose hips) maturing to about nickel-size. These can be cooked into jams, dehydrated into tea blends, or nibbled on fresh when very ripe. They have extremely high levels of natural vitamin-C (ascorbic acid). Easy to grow and establishes very rapidly. You’ll be amazed how easy it grows. Disease-free. Attracts beneficial insects like Praying Mantises who like to lay their eggs on the stems. Honeybees adore this rose and vigorously feed on it.
Uses: Vitamin-C rich fruits for tea or jams, lovely blooms for pollinators, wildlife shelter, erosion prevention, beneficial insects. Makes a nice cover too for privacy because it grows so dense and rapidly. Matures to about 6ft tall. Honeybees love foraging the pollen-rich flowers.
Resistant to: most rose diseases. Watch out for Japanese beetles in mid-summer.
Plant Size: 1-2′ tall bare-root shrub. Establish very rapidly.