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Rosa carolina

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

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry, moist, wet

Soil Description: acid, rich, average, poor, loam, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 0.5'-3'

Bloom Time: May, June

Bloom Color: pink

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts birds, attracts butterflies, berries, colonizing, creeping, drought tolerant, fragrant flowers, naturalizing, pond margin plant, rock garden plant, showy fruit, stream margin plant

Rosa carolina (Carolina rose)
  • Rosa carolina (Carolina rose)
  • Rosa carolina (Carolina rose)
  • Rosa carolina (Carolina rose)
  • Rosa carolina (Carolina rose)

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Description

Rosa carolina

Also known as:

Carolina rose

,

pasture rose

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Rosa carolina is a low growing, slightly prickly deciduous shrub or subshrub. It might grow to 3' fall, but tends to have more of a creeping habit and usually stays close to the ground. The divided leaves are typical of other roses though more deeply serrated than most. The pink flowers are fragrant and quite large for a wild rose; up to 3" across.

Cultivation

Rosa carolina is a very easy, carefree rose to grow. It is more shade tolerant than most, but will bloom more abundantly in full sun. In is not particular about soil, so long as they are well drained. It can be found growing along water features with ample moisture, yet its taproot makes it one of the most drought resistant rose. It is a suckering species that colonizes with ease. It is considerably more resistant to the typical afflictions of rose cultivars, but not immune to them. Good growing practices, such as adequate air circulation and morning watering only, will make this rose virtually maintenance free. Bloom period lasts one month, in May to June. Zones 4-8

Propagation

Propagate by division, removing and transplanting suckers. Propagate from softwood cuttings in early spring, or semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer. Can also be propagated from seeds, though these should not be allowed to dry out before sowing.

Additional Notes

the rose hips are favored by birds and small mammals.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV

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 carolina Carolina rose