Known as- Rugosa rose
Grow Zone - 5 to 8
Type- Deciduous shrub
Smith Scl. hardy? No
ht.- 3 to 4 ft.
Span- 2 to 3 ft.
Coloring- Pure white
Shade/Light- Full sun
Moisture- Medium dampure
Hi/Lo Maint- Medium
Best grown in moderate wet, slightly acidic, well-drained garden loams
in full sun to very light shade. Best flowering and disease resistance
generally occur in full sun, however. Moisture deeply and regularly (mornings
are best). Avoid overhead watering. Good air circulation promotes vigorous
and healthy growth and helps control foliar diseases. Summer mulch helps
retain dampure, keeps roots cool and discourages weeds. Remove spent flowers
to encourage rebloom. Crowns need winter protection in cold winter areas
such as St. Louis. Remove and destroy diseased leaves from plants, as
practicable, and clean up and destroy dead leaves from the ground around
the plants both during the growing season and as part of a thorough cleanup
during winter (dormant season). Prune as needed in late winter to early
“Wild Spice” is a hybrid rugosa shrub rose which typically
grows to 4” tall and 3” wide. Features profuse, strongly fragrant,
pure white, 2-3’ diameter, semi-double flowers which bloom throughout
the summer and into fall. Leathery, wrinkled, dark green foliage. Orange-red
hips follow blooms. Rugosa means wrinkled in reference to the appearance
of the foliage.
Roses are susceptible to a large number of diseases, the most common of
which are black spot, powdery mildew, rust and rose rosette. Although
good cultural practices are the first line of defense in disease control,
regular preventative fungicide applications throughout the growing season
are usually required, particularly in humid climates with regular rainfall
such as the St. Louis area. Potential insect problems include aphids,
beetles, borers, scale, thrips, rose midges, leafhoppers and spider mites.
Local rose associations and extension services are usually able to offer
specific recommendations and advice for selecting and growing roses.
This rose may be grown as a specimen or in small groups in borders, cottage
gardens, foundations or rose gardens. Also effective as an informal hedge.