Rosa ‘Fru Dagmar Hastrup’

single pink old-fashioned rose

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

This tough shrub rose has a great deal to offer and asks little in return. It originated as a seedling of Rosa rugosa, which is one of the hardiest of all roses. 'Fru Dagmar Hastrup' was discovered and named by Mr. Hastrup in Denmark in about 1914. Its color is notable - clear silver-pink - rather than the purplish red of most Rugosa roses. Very fragrant flowers are produced from May until frost, the earlier ones have ripened into rich, crimson tomato-shaped hips while the last flowers are still appearing. This coincides with the brilliant foliage - a mix of gold, russet and sage-green -- making quite a show. Due to its colonizing habit is useful for stabilizing banks, and its very prickly stems make it a good barrier plant. It can be sheared into a low hedge. Its thick, dark green, deeply veined leaves are somewhat deer resistant. Bees and butterflies like the flowers, which can also be used in arrangements. The hips are enjoyed by wild birds and can be made into tea or jelly.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: spreading shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 9

Flower Color: pink

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: drought tolerant

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, gold, bronze

Great Color Partners: lavender, purple, silver

Culture Notes
This tough shrub rose thrives in well-drained or sandy soil. Avoid clay or water-logged sites. Once established it is drought tolerant. It requires full sun to grow its best and has excellent disease resistance. It is tolerant of salt spray and wind. No pruning is needed to maintain the compact form. Do not deadhead, the rose hips can be quite attractive in the late summer and fall.
Geek Notes
Introduced about 1914. "Fru" is Danish for "Mrs." This rose is sometimes shown with the German spelling of 'Frau Dagmar Hartopp.'