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‘Linda Campbell’ rugosa rose

Rosa rugosa 'Linda Campbell'

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‘Linda Campbell’ is an unscented, true red rugosa rose. Attractiv, smooth-leaved glossy foliage and clusters of elegant buds open to bright blossoms. It grows in an upright habit  and makes a very nice addition to the back of a hot-color border. -Suzanne Verrier, No muss, no fuss rugosa roses, Fine Gardening issue #121

Noteworthy CharacteristicsUpright form; intense red flowers. Rugosa roses are listed as an invasive plant in some areas, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Washington.

CareProvide full sun, good air circulation, and fertile, well-drained soil. Top-dress with compost after planting and every subsequent spring and fall.

PropagationDig up suckers in fall and, with a sharp spade, cut the root that connects the sucker to the shrub as close to the mother plant as possible. Leave the sucker in place in the ground until early spring, by which time it will have developed its own root system. Transplant it to a more desirable location.

ProblemsJapanese beetles, rose stem girdler, deer.

  • Genus : Rosa
  • Zones : 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Spring, Late Summer, Spring, Summer
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Flower Color : Red
  • Characteristics : Showy Fall Foliage, Showy Seed Heads
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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  1. beulahtaylor 06/14/2014

    Love my Linda Campbell, it blooms beautifully when I can keep the deer away! I live in SW Wyoming and the soil here is very clay based. It hasn't grown very big. Advice??

    1. beulahtaylor 06/14/2014

      My growing zone is #4.

    2. user-7008188 07/23/2016

      They do love water so I don't think it's the clay. It might be that they need more air. I suggest getting in there and breaking up the clay and adding bark chips, maybe a tiny bit of pearlite and compost. Anything to increase drainage. I live in the desert where the water falls through the soil so fast like a bottom less pit and they absolutely love it here. They don't even mind the -10 to -20 winters. They are a beast! And their thorns are impressive!

  2. user-7008188 07/23/2016

    Easily one of the best, if not the best zone 4 hardy roses to grow beautifully anywhere. These roses laugh at winter and have very tiny die back and grow super fast and super thorny.

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