From Brent Dickerson: "Rugosa roses are those derived from the thorny Japanese rose R. rugosa, the two mains forms of which are wine-red and white.
Though a few crosses had been made earlier (as early as the 1820's), in the 1890's several hybridizers became interested in working with the species due to its hardiness, health, vigor, and special beauty. This lattermost is due to its glossy green leaves and splendid orange hips as well as its large, beautiful flowers. Due to the ease with which it crosses, much has been tried with the Rugosas, and efforts continue today.
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