Botanical Name: Rosa rugosa 'F.J. Grootendorst'
Common Name: F.J. Grootendorst Rose  
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season

Winter, Fall





High, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type



Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Showy Flowers, Specimen


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Background, Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Foundation, Patio


Special Uses

Cut Flowers, Hedge, Mass Planting


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Butterflies

Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

This rose forms a small, dense mound with stiff, prickly stems that form a nearly impenetrable barrier. Grows about 4 to 5 feet tall and wide or wider. Foliage is bright green, heavily crinkled, and disease resistant. Ruffled-petaled flowers are cranberry red and slightly fragrant. Flowers are borne in clusters. Primary bloom occurs in late spring to early summer, though they tend to repeat bloom. An excellent hedge or border. Also available in a white and red form.
Grow in sandy-loam to clay-loam, well drained soils in full to part sun. Provide good air circulation and remove fallen leaves to help prevent disease. In late winter or early spring, prune back by up to 1/3, reducing side shoots by 1/2 to 1/3. To renovate, prune one in four or five shoots from the base. Avoid overhead watering as the practice encourages disease. See Guides for more details. Rugosa roses tend to be hardier and less disease prone than are the hybrid teas.