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Native Plant Alternatives to Rosa canina (Dog Rose)

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Rosa canina, also known as the dog rose, is a species native to Europe, northwest Africa, and western Asia. However, it has been introduced to other parts of the world, including North America, where it is considered invasive in some regions.

Dog rose can create dense thickets that outcompete native plants for resources. This plant is adaptable and can thrive in a variety of soil types and conditions, which helps it spread and become established in new areas. The fruits, known as rose hips, are eaten by birds and other wildlife, which further helps disperse the seeds.

Dog rose is listed in the Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States.

According to the U.S Forest Service, Invasive species have contributed to the decline of 42% of U.S. endangered and threatened species and 18% of U.S. endangered or threatened species. Invasive species compete directly with native species for moisture, sunlight, nutrients, and space. They displace and alter native plant communities, degrade wildlife habitat and water quality, and potentially lead to increased soil erosion.

The federal government has estimated that nearly 25 percent of the 20,000 plant species native to North America are at risk of extinction, many of these through habitat loss. You can help reverse this trend by planting great native plants in your garden.

A plant is considered native if it occurs naturally in a particular region or ecosystem without human introduction. There are many benefits to growing native plants. First, these plants are better adapted to soils, moisture, and weather than exotic plants that evolved in other parts of the world. They need fewer fertilizers and pesticides or use less water. Second, they are unlikely to escape and become invasive, destroying natural habitats. Third, they support wildlife, providing shelter and food for native birds and insects, while exotic plants do not.

Guide Information

Hardiness 5 - 9
Plant Type Roses, Shrubs
Genus Rosa - Shrub Rose, Rosa
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid)
Fall
Winter
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U.S. Native Plant Alternatives to Rosa canina (Dog Rose)

Rosa acicularis (Prickly Wild Rose)
Rosa arkansana (Arkansas Rose)
Rosa blanda (Early Wild Rose)
Rosa californica (California Wild Rose)
Rosa carolina (Carolina Rose)
Rosa gymnocarpa (Dwarf Rose)
Rosa minutifolia (Small-Leaved Rose)
Rosa nitida (Shining Rose)
Rosa nutkana (Nootka Rose)
Rosa palustris (Swamp Rose)
Rosa setigera (Prairie Rose)
Rosa virginiana (Virginia Rose)
Rosa woodsii (Western Wild Rose)

 

 

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 5 - 9
Plant Type Roses, Shrubs
Genus Rosa - Shrub Rose, Rosa
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid)
Fall
Winter
Native Plants United States
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Rosa (Shrub Roses) Rosa (Rose)
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