'Polar Ice' rugosa rose

Rosa rugosa 'Polar Ice'

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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'Polar Ice' rugosa rose (Rosa rugosa 'Polar Ice')
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Synonyms:  R. rugosa 'Polareis'
Genus:  Rosa
'Polar Ice' is one of the most vigorous and densely growing rugosa roses and features clusters of double, slightly nodding flowers. Green buds open to creamy white blooms with pink petals and deeper pink centers. The flowers smell lightly of baby powder, and the new lime green foliage smells like strawberries and sweet grass. In autumn, the foliage turns bright yellow. -Suzanne Verrier, No muss, no fuss rugosa roses, Fine Gardening issue #121
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Rugosa roses are listed as an invasive plant in some areas, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Washington.
Care:  Provide full sun, good air circulation, and fertile, well-drained soil. Top-dress with compost after planting and every subsequent spring and fall.
Propagation:  Dig 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.
Problems:  Japanese beetles, rose stem girdler, deer.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Pace
Invasive/Aggressive Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Fragrant Foliage,
Showy Fall Foliage,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Spring,
Late Summer,
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow,
White
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Hedge,
Screening,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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