Sometimes thought to be native, this is an 'exotic', that is, a plant introduced to the area. The rugosa is a dense, vigorous species whose hardiness reflects its northeastern Russia and China origins. It is common in the northwest as an escaped species. Very prickly stems and 3-8 foot height and spread make it a good choice for barrier hedges. It is also useful for erosion control, and provides good cover for wildlife. Large, 4", fragrant, single blossoms in shades from white to dark red are borne throughout the summer. Its common name, Sea Tomato, comes from the big, round, bright red hips. Widely adaptable, it likes well-drained soils and sun. It will have larger flowers and be a more luxurious plant with some water, but is drought tolerant.
Zones: 2 to 9
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