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Rosa rugosa 'Magnifica'

Beach Rose

Plant Type:


Rosa rugosa ‘Magnifica’ (ex: Carole Williamson') – ​Sold Out. 'Magnifica' sports rich deep purple-pink fully double roses. This Rugosa Rose is thought by some in Europe to actually be a hybrid between R. rugosa x R. rubiginosa. Regardless of its heritage it flowers freely from June to frost, the large flowers emit extraordinary classic rose fragrance and are a magnet for bees and butterflies. The foliage is dark green, somewhat coarse and rugose (wrinkled), often turning bright yellow to gold in autumn while rose hips atop the stems turn orange-scarlet-red. The rose hips are large and showy which make understandable another of its common names, Beach Tomato; they provide a source of food for birds and mammals in winter. The stems are coarse and heavily prickled which help to foil deer. This shrub rose of easy disposition has been used extensively in breeding. Though this shrub is slightly left of coarse, ‘Magnifica’ stands on its own merits as an attractive-enough plant with a long bloom season of deliciously perfumed double flowers. Consider planting ‘Magnifica’ in the wild garden or as a casual hedge sited in sun in almost any soil that drains. Folks, it's holding dunes together and due to its thorny canes is keeping marauding beach-goers from trampling and decimating dune environments. And bbes and butterflies love it. Cutting grown.


5 Ft


5-8 Ft


Rose Purple


(4b)5 to 9
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Characteristics and Attributes for Rosa rugosa 'Magnifica'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring / Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Thorny

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads
  • Autumn Leaf Color

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees
  • Butterflies
  • Hummingbirds
  • Songbirds


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Hedge
  • Fragrant
  • Hedgerow
  • Massing
  • Wildlife Garden
  • Shrub Border

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Draining
  • Fertile


  • Garden Origin

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown