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Hybrid Rugosa Rose 'Therese Bugnet'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Therese Bugnet
Additional cultivar information:(aka Thrse Bugnet)
Hybridized by Bugnet
Registered or introduced: 1941
Synonym:Rosa rugosa
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Hybrid Rugosa


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 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 pink (mp)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:


Other Details:


Pruning Instructions:

Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth

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

Foliage Color:





Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone


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

Anchorage, Alaska

San Diego, California

San Jose, California

San Marcos, California

Montrose, Colorado

Newark, Delaware

Carmel, Indiana

Macy, Indiana

Louisville, Kentucky

Taylorsville, Kentucky

Gretna, Louisiana

Clear Spring, Maryland

Brookline, Massachusetts(2 reports)

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Andover, Minnesota

Hopkins, Minnesota

Luverne, Minnesota

Winona, Minnesota

Kansas City, Missouri(2 reports)

Polson, Montana

Ramsay, Montana

Kingston, New Hampshire

Pelham, New Hampshire

South Dennis, New Jersey

Binghamton, New York

Crown Point, New York

Southold, New York

China Grove, North Carolina

Dunn, North Carolina

Edgeley, North Dakota

Owasso, Oklahoma

Moosic, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Custer, South Dakota

Quinlan, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

Northfield, Vermont

Saint Albans, Vermont

Linden, Virginia

Burlington, Washington

Chelan, Washington

West Bend, Wisconsin

Cheyenne, Wyoming

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 26, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A great rose for the far north, where it performs best. It is tough, vigorous, very hardy, and even tolerates a little shade. It is very blackspot resistant, and is on the Montreal Botanic Garden's list of the most disease-resistant roses. It is also on the NYBG's Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden's list of 100 top performers (with no fungicide treatment for black spot).

Flowers are attractively informal/untidy in the old-rose manner. They shed their petals cleanly on the shrub, but don't last as cut flowers.

Foliage is clean and attractive. Unlike most rugosa hybrids, it is smooth and unwrinkled.

Its growth is very upright, to 6' tall. The top 2-3' of the canes are thornless, smooth, and an attractive red in winter. Their bases are quite thorny. I ... read more


On Jun 4, 2013, peteunia from Clear Spring, MD wrote:

My Uncle gave 'Therese Bugnet' to my Mother as a gift. It was beautiful for quite a few years but then our tree cover got so dense that the rose began to decline. We finally dug it out but a few years later we saw it coming back. This year it got two flowers but they were red. How in the world did that happen?


On Apr 6, 2012, sshort from Kansas City, MO wrote:

Teresa Bugnet was a surprise rose, supposed to be a Baron Prevost in a group of heirloom roses. It took me forever to identify her but I loved her red canes in winter,arching vase shape, disease resistance, very light thorns and fragrance. I just kept moving her until she found her favorite spot, at the corner of my shed. She is the queen of my rose garden, making a beautiful backdrop for my more elegant fussy roses.


On Jun 25, 2011, valliebeth17 from Crown Point, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

I came across this rose in my search for hardy, old-fashioned roses that survive a zone 4 winter. And does she ever! I've never had a single branch die out on me, and after four years she's pushing 8 feet high, one of the first roses to bloom for me. She keeps to herself, not spreading by root, but a true bush. The stems are also an attractive deep red through the winter.


On Jun 5, 2010, harper97 from Pelham, NH wrote:

This rose was well-chosen to bloom by the back side of my 30' X 15' lily pond, as it is quite easy-care and I can't spray there for fear of killing the fish. It is smothered in deliciously-scented, bright fuchsia blooms each spring, reflecting gorgeously on the water just as my pink water lilies begin to bloom. It reblooms reliably, though I'm afraid the Japanese beetles love it as much as I do. A very strong grower, it is best grown in a location where suckering will not be a liability.


On May 17, 2010, einhverfr from Chelan, WA wrote:

I have a four-year-old, seven-foot-high shrub of this variety in my rose hedge. It's one of my favorite roses for hedges. It's a bit thinner, twiggier, and less thorny than other hybrid rugosas, and the foliage is rather... unusual.

However, the plant blooms with little to no pruning, withstands adverse weather quite well, and is very fragrant as well. Highly recommended.


On May 8, 2010, rabbitsdiner from Carmel, IN wrote:

This beauty is the first of my 70+ roses to bloom every spring. I give it no protection in our zone 5 winters, yet it has barely any die back, It gets no diseases, despite our hot humid Indiana summers. I use no pesticides. It is susceptible only to rose borers (no problem if you put glue on the tips where you have pruned) and japanese beetles (they attack flowers but not the foliage.) It's a gem.


On Mar 1, 2010, lingoch from Montrose, CO wrote:

Wonderful low maintenance rose. Tough doesn't begin to explain the conditions we see here in SW Colorado. 50 to 60 mph winds in the Spring and she is exposed to them all. I only shape her to fit the location. I love the fact she sheds old blooms. Great wonderful experience. We see lows in the -teens and I leave the canes on all winter. Jer


On May 3, 2007, lincolngirl from China Grove, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is such a beautiful rose, and grows beautifully. In poor clay soil in NC with some amendment added, it has adapted well and outperforms most other roses I have had. Truly a keeper! Not well suited for cut flowers, as the blooms soon drop their petals after cutting, still it is gorgeous to enjoy outdoors. Slightly fragrant with stunning color.


On Jun 14, 2006, dakotaroser from Kingston, NH wrote:

my first rose to open up this year(after so much rain here in
southern New Hampshire) I watched the first bloom get beat
down by weeks worth of rain, it recovered and put on a
show day after day. The blooms don't last all that long but the
bush is loaded with blooms for weeks,
they are beautiful and have nice foliage and its a tall strong
rose bush. Its super hardy and I've moved it three times over the past year and a half and it
takes the dry or moist areas pretty well. I'm including many
of these rugoses around the yard, looking forward to the
fall rose hips and the reddish canes for winter. Hopefully
I'll put on some photos!


On May 26, 2006, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

A very tough rose. It stands up to heat and humidity as well as extreme cold. Slightly stoloniforous, it is easy to propogate but not invasive.


On Sep 30, 2005, northgrass from West Chazy, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

This rose forms a 4" shrub with reddish stems. It has not been bothered by anything in the 10 years since I planted it. With some fertilizing, it had repeat blooms this year. A worthwhile rose to grow if like me, you live where winter are very cold, Zone 4b. And not least, it is also fragrant.


On Oct 21, 2004, jsandco from West Bend, WI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I like this rose. It's very hardy, doesn't seem to get black spot, has very fragrant flowers, good fall color ranging from maroon to yellow, and the canes turn a deep red in the winter. Occasional bright red hips. Does suffer from mildew in humid weather, but this usually clears up on it's own when the weather is drier. Blooms early, with lighter repeat bloom throughout the summer.


On Aug 31, 2002, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

My favorite rose (so far) - the foliage was resistant to blackspot when other (OGR) roses were being seriously attacked. The branches are not as thorny as some, and the flowers are quite pretty and fragrant.


On Feb 13, 2001, Grits from Pineville, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

1950 4-6' Flowers repeatedly Zones 3-9
This extremely hardy rose was developed by George Bugnet, of Alberta, Canada, where it gets very cold.

Clusters of from 3 - 5 buds with graceful slim sepals, open to good sized, fragrant, lilac pink very double flowers. The crinkled petals are distinctly veined. Makes a handsome plant with healthy foliage in a lovely shade of blue/green. Very few thorns on the green shaded red canes.