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KaymayKaymay Posts: 78


Last year I bought a £1.50 DIY shed bush rose described as "Queen of England"  knowing that it would not be a Queen Elizabeth but hoping that it was similar. This second year I am wondering if it is actually Rosa Rugosa. I and the bees do love this but unfortunately it will have to go if it is this because it will be too invasive for my small garden. Can any Rose experts out there give me their thoughts please? 

Thank you


  • Ive looked on line and it is classed as a floribunda, it was produced for the queens 90th birthday.

    It comes as a bush rose and a climber so it looks like yours might be a climber.

    it does look lovely shame if you have to get rid of it.

  • KaymayKaymay Posts: 78

    Thank you Chrissy. Yes it would be a shame as it is beautiful, I just was worried that it was Rosa Rugosa.

  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,407

    You are right, that is Rosa rugosa. The flowers and leaves in no way match the description of the true plant (see below), which is another name for the Queen Elizabeth you hoped for. Probably too late to involve trading standards but be very careful what you buy there in future!

  • KaymayKaymay Posts: 78

    Thanks Buttercup. I have to agree about the leaves as that's what made me think in the first place. I wasn't expecting much for the price anyway, but do not want that particular rose as doing research discovered how invasive it can be especially in coastal regions. Reluctantly it will have to go.

  • LynLyn Posts: 21,892

    We have that Rugosa growing on our banks, it shoot up everywhere, I don't mind it making a hedge but its pops up in the borders. We never planted it, it just arrived years ago, present from the birds I suppose. I love the big hips in the Autumn but I wouldn't have it as a stand alone plant. 


    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,427

    I have rugosas, they arent allowed to get out of hand, anymore than my Rambling rector love them, they smell gorgeous, the insects love them.Shame to get rid of them.

  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,645

    But better a hedge than a border rose. I have some, they make a splendid windbreak and smell fabulous. But they don't have much form to them as a specimen in a small garden. Isn't there someone around who needs a bit of loveliness in a forgotten corner, even if you can't accommodate it?

    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699

    I'm interested to see what the back of that label reads. Height etc.. Or was the clue in "bush rose" description at the front. It's a beautiful rose, but I think it's wrong not to label the type properly.

  • KaymayKaymay Posts: 78

    Thank you for all your comments. I think I will have to definitely find another home for it somewhere (but NIMBY!)

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