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
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
Pricing & Availability
Rosa blandaAlso known as:
wild prairie rose,
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.
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
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.
Susceptible to fungal diseases common to other roses.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
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
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