Image of a wild pink Rugosa Rose captured in the summer sun. Photo taken at Deception Pass, WA.
Rosa rugosa (rugosa rose, Japanese rose, or Ramanas rose) is a species of rose native to eastern Asia, in northeastern China, Japan, Korea and southeastern Siberia, where it grows on the coast, often on sand dunes. It should not be confused with Rosa multiflora, which is also known as “Japanese rose”.
R. rugosa was first introduced into North America in 1845. The first report of it being naturalized far from the location in which it was planted occurred on Nantucket Island in 1899. Ten years later, it was said to be “straying rapidly”, and today it is naturalized on the entire coast of New England.