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
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
Pricing & Availability
Rosa carolinaAlso known as:
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.
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
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.
the rose hips are favored by birds and small mammals.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
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
|Species||Rosa carolina||Carolina rose|