Rosa rugosa var. Rubra
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Origin: Europe, Asia, North Africa.
Botanical characteristics: It is a variety with purple-red flowers.
The male catkins, yellow, are more conspicuous than female, green, ripening in infructescenses of capsules that open in June by releasing seeds provided with hairs.
Agronomic and environmental characteristics: It prefers fertile, well-drained soils but dislikes calcareous ones. It has an high resistance to drought, salinity and air pollution.
Use: It is very ornamental for its continuous flowering and decorative berries. It is the species that gave rise to many varieties and hybrids. It is the ideal for rustic and defensive hedges. In parks and gardens it is found in scrubs. It is particularly suitable in urban environments in traffic islands, as groundcovers for road embankments and river banks and for tubs and planters.