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PlantFiles: Hybrid Rugosa Rose
Rosa rugosa 'Hansa'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Species: rugosa (roo-GO-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: Hansa
Additional cultivar information: (aka Hansen's)
Hybridized by Tol; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1905

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Hybrid Rugosa

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Bloom Color:
Medium red (mr)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly


Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
Resistant to mildew
Resistant to rust
Prone to weak stems
Avoid chemical sprays
Stems are very thorny
Sets hips

Pruning Instructions:
Avoid pruning

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
By grafting
By budding

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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive audsrz On Dec 25, 2010, audsrz from Traverse City, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Although my irrigation system caused some fungal problems, this plant has been a trooper. The only roses in the beds that are rabbit, mouse proof AND repeat all summer with minimal care. I collect the beautiful hips early in the season for jelly, tea and chutneys, but leave the fall hips for the winter critters. They do try to spread out it you don't keep them groomed (runners, suckers)

Positive TimeToGrow On Jun 4, 2008, TimeToGrow from Thornton, IL wrote:

I planted two Hansas at my fiist house. I knew little about gardening, and did not treat them with care. They flourished anyway. The soil was all clay, and I planted one in full sun, and one in a wet area that had partial shade. The one in the wet area didn't grow so I dug it up and plopped it in a drier spot (still partially shaded), and it flourished. The first year after the transplant it didn't bloom, but instead got big and bushy. The following year, thoughy, it out blossomed the one baking in direct sun. Last summer I dug up a small clump of it, and brought it with me to my new home (I now have good soil), and it's taking off. I already have four beautiful flowers.

Positive kittshouse On May 20, 2007, kittshouse from Lynn, MA (Zone 5a) wrote:

For those of you living along the ocean, this is the rose for you. Actually, any of the rugosa roses wil bring you loads of flowers, and a fragrance that can't be beat. They grow quite prolifically in sandy soil, and wind swept areas. Our local beach is a sight to see when miles of them are all in bloom. The perfume at night on a warm summer eve is an experience that will linger in your memory.
For wine makers or canning enthusiasts, you may want to search out large stands of these, as they produce large, wonderful rose hips that make delightful wine and jellies loaded with vitamin C.
Warning! The thorns are ruthless.
I will be trying this variety this year as a screening for the back of my garden that abutts a field. We are quite close to a marsh and get ferocious winds. Will update this post as it matures.

Neutral MikeStewart On Apr 22, 2004, MikeStewart from Peekskill, NY wrote:

Shade tolerant

Positive Lionheart On Oct 2, 2003, Lionheart from Slingerlands, NY wrote:

Han_sa (above) put it perfectly. This is a rugged rose with a spicey, clove-like fragrance. Deep reddish purple color attracts the eye. The blooms don't last long, but the petals can be placed in a dish to pleasantly scent a room.

Disease resistant, insect resistant (the Japanese beetles paid little attention, and sawfly larvae went elsewhere), it blooms rather freely all summer long, and well into a cold October.

Yes, the foliage stays lush and remains attractive between bloom times.

Positive Han_sa On Nov 19, 2002, Han_sa from Kingston, TN wrote:

I used to grow approximately 60 roses, up north. (All varieties.) This rose was my favorite. It was introduced in the Netherlands, 1905. It is very hardy, and carefree. Prune only, the dead wood. It's heavily scented and works extremely well for making potpourri. Just one bloom will bring a delightful sweet, clove-like fragrance. The large, showy, orange/red rose hips are beautiful in arrangements. The 2-3" semi-dlb., deep orchid toned, blossoms shatter easily; so it's not the best choice for long lasting flower arrangements. Also, the heads tend to nod. The foliage is thick and beautifully textured. The Hansa is not usually found in the average garden center, but... a 'must' for any rose collection.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Leandro, California
Tujunga, California
Chicago, Illinois
Oak Lawn, Illinois
Skokie, Illinois
Thornton, Illinois
Scottsburg, Indiana
Valparaiso, Indiana
North Yarmouth, Maine
Round Pond, Maine
Woodstock, Maryland
Lynn, Massachusetts
Bay City, Michigan
Ludington, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Lake Park, Minnesota
Luverne, Minnesota
Kansas City, Missouri
Beatrice, Nebraska
Edgewood, New Mexico
Nineveh, New York
Slingerlands, New York
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Jacksonville, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Wilson, North Carolina
Norristown, Pennsylvania
El Paso, Texas
Appomattox, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia
Cathan, Washington
Chelan, Washington
La Center, Washington
Olympia, Washington

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