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Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Deciduous

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: neutral, rich, average, loam, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 2'-5'

Bloom Time: June, July, August

Bloom Color: pink

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Additional Tags: attracts bees, clumping, colonizing, cottage garden plant, cut flowers, drought tolerant, fragrant flowers, mounding, rock garden plant, showy fruit

Rosa blanda (smooth rose)
  • Rosa blanda (smooth rose)
  • Rosa blanda (smooth rose)

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Description

Rosa blanda

Also known as:

smooth rose

,

wild prairie rose

,

prairie rose

Scientific Synonyms:

Rosa arkansana

Description

Rosa blanda is a low growing, dense, mounding shrub that usually does not reach a height over 5'. The dark-green leaves are serrated and do not produce fall colors. The flowers can range from pale to dark pink, are pleasantly fragrant, and can be as large as 3 inches across. These are followed by showy, edible bright red hips.

Cultivation

Rosa blanda is best grown in moist to dry, rich soil. It can be found in open woods, prairies and road sides. It is tolerant of rocky soils. Blooms from June to August. A cold climate species: zones 2-6

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings or by division of rootstock. Propagate from freshly collected seeds. Stored seeds will require cold stratification to break dormancy. Remove seeds from hips by macerating them in water.

Additional Notes

Susceptible to fungal diseases common to other roses.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
CT, IA, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SD, VA, VT, WI, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: MD
  • Special Concern: OH

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Rosales
Family Rosaceae Rose family
Genus Rosa rose
Species Rosa blanda smooth rose