Modest (2-4 in)
Zone 4 - 9
Height & Width:
3 ft x 3 ft
Delicata's flowers are a pale lilac, mauve or cool pink. The comtrasting stamens are a pale yellow imbuing an almost shy look of the flower. The plant is more compact than most rugosas, but it shares their shrubby nature, good health, vigor, and fragrance. Although it is never covered head to toe with flowers, it does produce flowers in dribs and drabs through the season. Delicata bears large hips and these appear on the plant during the summer, even as it produces more flowers.
BTW: Although rugosas hale from the Kamchatka peninsula which is nothing like a desert, some rugosas seem to do relatively well in rather dry places, too - providing it is not too hot. Perhaps it is on account of their roots: rugosas have been used quite successfully as rootstock in coolish places.
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