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Fru Dagmar Hastrup Rose

Fru Dagmar Hastrup rose was found and named by Knud Julianis Hastrup, who was native to Denmark. This rose is also referred to as Frau Dagmar Hastrup. Rugosa roses are easy to grow and the foliage remains beautiful throughout spring, summer, and fall.

Fru Dagmar Hastrup is a hybrid Rugosa rose discovered one hundred years ago. Disease resistance is excellent.

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Fru Dagmar Hastrup rose – a natural hybrid that bests many modern roses.

Fru Dagmar Hastrup is an exceptional garden rose with beautiful foliage so rare on modern roses.

The bright green leaves are heavily textured and lovely. Further, the leaves and plant will remain healthy and attractive throughout the growing season. Single form blooms have five petals and are light pink with yellow stamens. It blooms only once, in spring. The plant is highly disease resistant, drought tolerant, fragrant, winter hardy into the southern parts of Zone 3, and it blooms all season.

Rich dark pink rose buds open to flowers that are single-form, adding to the charm of Fru Dagmar Hastrup. This is a rose that would be perfect in a cottage garden. Fru Dagmar Hastrup would also be spectacular planted in the middle of a parterre garden.

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Fru Dagmar Hastrup. Look at that foliage…a gorgeous green that is without blemish in the garden.

Rugosa roses are known for excellent winter hardiness.

Most Rugosa rose flowers are a deep purple-pink. Fru Dagmar Hastrup has these beautiful clear pink flowers. As the flowers mature, they can become a bit disheveled.

In my experience, this rose grows slightly wider than taller, almost unheard of with many of the leggy modern roses of the late 20th century. Height and width are both around five feet. Like many of the old roses, it produces hips in fall, and they are a beautiful deep crimson. In addition to the hips (which birds eat), fall color is outstanding.

Fru Dagmar Hastrup hybrid Rugosa rose. Pictures of Fru Dagmar Hastrup often show the rose as lighter pink, but the images here are accurate as to the color and tone of the rose the day I photographed it. I suspect a combination of newly opened flowers plus an overcast day yielded a slightly richer color than often seen.
Fru Dagmar Hastrup hybrid Rugosa rose.

This rose is well-armed, with lots of thorns. It also spreads to form colonies. These qualities are excellent should you be looking for a plant to use as a barrier or a hedge. Plant closer together to form a hedge, perhaps four feet on center.