Rugosa Rose Rosa 'Roseraie de l'Hay' (Ru)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
rose 'Roseraie de l'Hay'


Rosa 'Roseraie de l'Hay', commonly known as Rugosa rose, is a robust plant known for its distinct and attractive appearance. This plant is characterized by its beautiful, large, and ruffled flowers which exhibit a deep crimson to purple coloration. The petals are velvety and numerous, often creating a dense, rounded bloom that exudes a strong, pleasant fragrance. The leaves of the Rugosa rose are equally notable, with a rich green hue and a leathery texture. They are pinnately compound with a wrinkled, or rugose, surface from which the common name 'Rugosa' is derived. The foliage often turns to striking shades of yellow and orange in the fall, providing a seasonal display of color. This rose variety features thick, sturdy stems that are covered with an abundance of sharp thorns, which serves as a natural defense against grazing animals. The plant is known to produce large, tomato-shaped rose hips that offer a bold, orange to red color, which adds to the plant's ornamental value. These hips are often used in making jellies and teas, and also attract wildlife, such as birds, who feed on them. Overall, the Rugosa rose exudes a rugged beauty with its richly colored blooms, textured foliage, numerous thorns, and showy hips, making it a distinctive and desirable choice for gardens and landscapes.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Roseraie de l'Hay Rugosa Rose, Roseraie de l'Hay.

    • Common names

      Rosa 'Roseraie de l'Hay'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The rose 'Roseraie de l'Hay' is generally not considered to be toxic to humans. Roses, in general, are not harmful when touched or ingested in small quantities. However, the plant can cause minor issues if ingested in large amounts or if the thorns cause puncture wounds. It is uncommon for roses to cause serious poisoning in humans, but eating large quantities of rose hips, leaves, or flowers might lead to gastrointestinal irritation or discomfort due to the plant's fibrous material and natural chemicals.

    • To pets

      The rose 'Roseraie de l'Hay' is not considered toxic to pets. In general, roses are safe for pets, and there is no significant risk of poisoning if a pet happens to ingest the petals, leaves, or even the rose hips. However, the thorns can be a hazard as they might cause injuries or punctures in a pet's mouth, throat, or paws if tampered with. As with humans, consuming large amounts of plant material can possibly lead to gastrointestinal upset, but poisoning from roses is very rare in pets.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6 feet (1.8 meters)

    • Spread

      5 feet (1.5 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Adds vibrant color and visual interest to gardens and landscapes.
    • Fragrance: Produces a rich and pleasant aroma that can perfume an outdoor area.
    • Pollinator Attraction: Attracts beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Cultural Significance: Often used in various ceremonies and celebrations, symbolizing love and beauty.
    • Privacy Screening: Can be used as a natural barrier or hedge to increase privacy in garden spaces.
    • Versatility: Suitable for a range of garden styles, including formal, cottage, and naturalized settings.
    • Emotional Wellbeing: The presence of flowering plants like Rugosa Rose can improve mood and reduce stress.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Rosa 'Roseraie de l'Hay' can be utilized as a natural dye source, with its petals providing colors ranging from pink to even a deep red hue for fabrics and crafts.
    • The plant's petals are sometimes used in the craft of paper-making, adding floral inclusions that create unique, textured paper.
    • Dried petals of Rosa 'Roseraie de l'Hay' can be incorporated into sachets or potpourris to impart a natural fragrance to linens and wardrobes.
    • The rose hips produced by the plant can be used in decorative wreaths and floral arrangements, especially during autumn and winter seasons.
    • Rosa 'Roseraie de l'Hay' can be planted as part of a living fence or hedge, providing both privacy and an attractive border with its dense foliage and flowers.
    • This rose variety can serve as a natural source of pigment for eco-friendly art supplies, like watercolor paints or botanical inks.
    • The petals may be used to create rose water, a fragrant liquid often used in cooking, especially in Middle Eastern cuisines.
    • Rosa 'Roseraie de l'Hay' can act as a companion plant in the garden, potentially drawing away pests from more sensitive plants or attracting beneficial insects.
    • Petals of the Rosa 'Roseraie de l'Hay' can be utilized in the creation of floral-flavored syrups for cocktails or culinary dishes.
    • The thorny stems of the plant may be pruned and used as natural needles for traditional weaving or basket-making techniques.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Rugosa Rose is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Rugosa Rose is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Love: The Rugosa rose, like many other roses, is commonly associated with love and passion, often used to convey deep affection and romantic sentiments.
    • Beauty: Roses are widely considered symbols of beauty due to their elegant appearance and variety of colors.
    • Fragrance: The Rugosa rose is particularly known for its strong and pleasant fragrance, symbolizing a sweet and captivating charm.
    • Elegance: The intricate form and poise of the Rugosa rose embody elegance and are often used to represent gracefulness.
    • Balance: With its structured growth and recurrent blooming, the Rugosa rose can symbolize balance and harmony in life.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Rugosa roses like 'Roseraie de l'Hay' should be watered deeply and infrequently to encourage strong root systems. Aim to provide about 1-2 gallons of water per plant each week during the growing season, depending on climate conditions. In hot, dry spells, you might need to water twice a week, whereas in cooler, wetter conditions, watering once a week or even less frequently may suffice. Always check the soil moisture; it should be moist but not waterlogged. During winter, reduce watering since the plant's water needs decrease significantly.

  • sunLight

    Rugosa roses such as 'Roseraie de l'Hay' prefer full sun conditions, meaning they should receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. They thrive in a spot that is open and free from shade to ensure vigorous growth and abundant flowering. Partial shade can be tolerated, but it may reduce the number of blooms and weaken the plant over time.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Rugosa roses, including 'Roseraie de l'Hay', are hardy and can tolerate a wide range of temperatures. They perform best when the temperature is between 60°F and 75°F but can withstand winter cold down to about -20°F. These roses are well adapted to grow in USDA hardiness zones 3 through 9, making them suitable for a variety of climates within these temperature ranges.

  • scissorsPruning

    Rugosa roses, such as 'Roseraie de l'Hay', should be pruned to maintain their shape and remove dead or damaged wood. Pruning is best done in late winter or early spring, just before the plant breaks dormancy. Thin out older canes to encourage new growth, and remove weak or crossing branches to improve air circulation. Rugosa roses can also be pruned after flowering to shape the shrub and control its size.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Rugosa Rose prefers well-drained, loamy soil enriched with organic matter, with a slightly acidic to neutral pH range of 5.6 to 7.0. A mix containing two-thirds garden soil and one-third compost or well-rotted manure would create an ideal growing medium for this plant.

  • plantRepotting

    Rugosa Roses, being shrubs, are not commonly repotted as they are typically planted directly in the garden. Instead of repotting, they are occasionally transplanted if required, but care should be taken to minimize this as they do not like having their roots disturbed.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Rugosa Roses, like many rosaceous plants, prefer outdoor conditions with average humidity. They are quite adaptable and do not require specific humidity levels indoors, as long as they are watered appropriately to compensate for dry air.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright light, ample water, and room to grow.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun, enrich soil, water regularly, and prune.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life cycle of Rosa 'Roseraie de l'Hay', commonly known as Rugosa Rose, begins with seed germination where the plant starts as a seedling emerging from stratified seeds that have undergone a cold treatment to break dormancy. The plant then enters a vegetative stage, developing a root system and foliage as it matures into a bush. Throughout the spring and summer, the Rugosa Rose progresses to the flowering stage, producing fragrant, deep pink to crimson flowers that are attractive to pollinators. Following pollination, the flowers develop into tomato-shaped, red to orange rose hips, which are seed-containing fruits marking the plant's reproductive stage. In autumn, as the weather cools, the plant prepares for dormancy by shedding its leaves and slowing growth; this allows it to conserve energy through the winter. In the subsequent spring, the Rugosa Rose resumes growth, thus repeating its life cycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: Rosa 'Roseraie de l'Hay', commonly known as Rugosa rose, is typically propagated by semi-hardwood cuttings. This process is most successful when undertaken during the plant's dormant period in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. To commence, select a healthy stem from the previous year's growth that contains several buds. Cut a piece of the stem about 6 to 8 inches (approximately 15 to 20 cm) in length, making sure the base of the cutting is made directly below a bud. Remove the leaves from the lower half of the cutting to prevent excess moisture loss and prepare a potting mix of half peat and half perlite or sand to ensure good drainage. Dip the base of the cutting in rooting hormone for increased chances of success and insert it into the potting mix. Keep the cutting in a bright, indirect light location and maintain consistent moisture levels without overwatering. Roots typically develop within 3 to 4 weeks, after which the new plant can eventually be transplanted outdoors.