Rosa rugosa

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaRosaceaeRosaRosa rugosa


A suckering, deciduous shrub found planted or as a garden escape or throw-out in hedgerows and on sand dunes, sea-cliffs, road verges and waste ground; also occurring as a relic of cultivation. It is often well-naturalised, forming large thickets. Lowland.



World Distribution

Native of E. Asia, widely naturalised in N. & C. Europe and has spread around the Baltic by sea-dispersed fruits.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 3

Reaction (Ellenberg): 6

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 3


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 2

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.8

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15

Annual Precipitation (mm): 967

Life form information

Height (cm): 150

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Rhizome far-creeping

Clonality - secondary

Clones formed by suckering from roots

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 875

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 65

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 7

Weighted Changed Factor: 61

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

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