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Rugosa Rose Bush – Growth, Benefits and Uses

The rugosa rose bush is a stout and ferocious grower that can fend for herself. Sometimes written as rosa rugosa, rugoso and regosa, no matter how you spell it or say it, this bush is one prolific shrub with tremendous benefits. She’s got her liabilities too, but far more on the plus side. So let’s start with her bad side to get that out of the way.

We started with just two rugosa rose bushes, and in just five years they’ve formed an entire hedge that’s approximately 12′ in length. The rugosa rose bush creates an underground root system of suckers that are determined to survive and thrive on original root stock.


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Notice the major and minor thorns on the rugosa rose stems. You need gloves to handle it.



Rugosa Rose Bush Negatives

  • Invasive
  • Extremely thorny (wear gloves when pruning and handing)

Rosa Rugosa has far more benefits than negatives! 🌹

Rugosa Rose Bush Positives

  • Resilient, prolific and hardy from zones 3-9
  • Disease and fungus resistant
  • Insect, deer and rabbit resistant
  • Wonderfully fragrant roses
  • Flowers bloom all season until frost
  • Prolific rosehips produce all season as well
    • powerful vitamin C and other nutritients
    • oil and beauty produts
  • Rose petals for multiple uses and benefits
    • rose tea for pleasure, health and medicine
    • potpourri
    • flavoring and beauty products


The Rugosa Rose Bush Hedge

The rugosa rose can be used as an edible hedge barrier. It may even deer proof your property over time, since it can grow to 6’x6′ tall and wide, and the deer won’t bother it because of the thorns. However, remember, it will grow by leaps and bounds each year through resilient underground root systems, and it may be virtually impossible to kill, so growers beware.


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GardensAll rugosa rose bush with rosehips – image by


Rugosa Rose – Parts Used

Every part of the rugosa rose can be used for food, nutrition and medicine.1)

  • Petals – spleen, liver, blood circulation, appetite, digestion, menstrual issues,
  • Rosehip Fruit – vitamins A, C, E, + minerals, polyphenols and essential fatty acids3)
  • Leaves – teas for fevers and general benefit
  • Seeds – Vitamin E, can be powdered and added to foods
  • Young shoots – cooked as potherbs (snipping these in early spring helps contain the rugosa invasion)
  • Stems, Roots – coughs, eyewash, boiled for hot compresses,
  • Inner & outer bark – coughs, eyewash, diarrhea, stomach trouble,

It is being investigated as a food that is capable of reducing the incidence of cancer and also as a means of halting or reversing the growth of cancers.

Rugosa Rose Uses

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Rugosa rose – rosehips


Rugosa Rose Benefits

Rose family plants are astringent and good for the heart, circulation and digestion.

  • Anti-cancerous – 100% effective in killing breast and cervical cancer cells4)
  • Antimicrobial – against 8 strains of bacteria
    • Staphylococcus epidermidis
    • Staphylococcus aureus
    • Bacillus subtilis
    • Micrococcus luteus
    • Escherichia coli
    • Klebsiella pneumoniae
    • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
    • Proteus mirabilis
  • Anti-yeast / anti-candida – against candida albicans, candida parapsilosis
  • Antioxidant – phenolic acids and flavonoid glycosides5)
    • anti-aging properties
    • skin diseases
    • wound healing
    • anti-inflammatory
    • antimicrobial
    • anti-carcinogenic


Short Video on our Rugosa Rose Bushes, Roses and Rosehips


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