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Rosa acicularis (Prickly Wild Rose)

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Rosa acicularis, Prickly Rose, Wild Rose, Arctic Rose, Circumpolar Rose, Prickly Wild Rose, Wild Roses, Shrub Roses, pink roses, Hardy roses
Rosa acicularis, Prickly Rose, Wild Rose, Arctic Rose, Circumpolar Rose, Prickly Wild Rose, Wild Roses, Shrub Roses, pink roses, Hardy roses
Rosa acicularis, Prickly Rose, Wild Rose, Arctic Rose, Circumpolar Rose, Prickly Wild Rose, Wild Roses, Shrub Roses, pink roses, Hardy roses
Rosa acicularis, Prickly Rose, Wild Rose, Arctic Rose, Circumpolar Rose, Prickly Wild Rose, Wild Roses, Shrub Roses, pink roses, Hardy roses

Incredibly hardy, Rosa acicularis (Prickly Wild Rose) is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub forming a bushy mound of compound, finely toothed, dark green leaves with elliptical, 5 to 7 leaflets. It is covered in late spring to early summer with a plentiful array of fragrant, single, rosy-pink flowers, 2-3 in. across (5-7 cm), with yellow central stamens. They grow singly (occasionally two or three) at the ends of side branches off the previous year’s stems. The twigs are bristly with many straight, slender, gray, sharp-pointed spines or prickles. As a bonus, the flowers are followed by bright red pear-like rose hips, which are high in vitamin A and are a winter source of vitamin C. Fleshy and edible, they persist throughout winter to the delight of hungry birds who will feast on them. Rose hips are also great for jelly and tea. Prickly Wild Rose is a widespread species from northern Canada to New Mexico and is the state flower of Alberta. Prickly Wild Rose is an early colonizer of disturbed sites. It is recommended for revegetation on moist to wet sites in Alaska and Alberta, and it is a good choice for erosion control, especially since the prickly stems may discourage overbrowsing. Prickly Wild Rose is also a lovely addition to a wildlife garden and is useful as a flowering hedge or in meadows and prairies where this colony-forming rose can freely grow. Thickets provide excellent nesting sites, protective cover for birds, and shelter for small mammals.

  • Grows up to 3-7 ft. tall (90-210cm) and 4-6 ft. wide (120-180 cm). This rhizomatous shrub can form dense colonies, spreading via roots.
  • Best grown in full sun or part shade in moist, well-drained soils. Tolerant to clay soils or acidic soils and adapted to a wide range of soil textures and moistures. It is also drought-tolerant.
  • This ravishing shrub is a superb addition to prairies and meadows and creates a lovely flowering hedge.
  • Look for leaf rust, leaf spot, powdery mildew, stem canker, and crown gall.
  • Attractive to birds, bees, and butterflies.
  • Do not remove spent flowers if you want to enjoy a beautiful crop of rose hips in fall and winter.
  • Best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed.
  • Propagated by stem cuttings or division of rootstock. Rose seeds should be taken from the hips as soon as ripe and planted in the open or stratified before planting.
  • The native range is circumpolar in the boreal forest region, from Alaska, British Columbia to Quebec and New England. It is also found in the Rocky Mountains as far south as northern New Mexico and in the northern Great Plains and the Lake States.

Requirements

Hardiness 2 - 6
Plant Type Roses, Shrubs
Plant Family Rosaceae
Genus Rosa, Rosa - Shrub Rose
Common names Rose, Wild Rose
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' - 7'
(90cm - 210cm)
Spread 4' - 6'
(120cm - 180cm)
Spacing 48" - 72"
(120cm - 180cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Midwest, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Northeast, Pacific Northwest, Rhode Island, Rocky Mountains, South Dakota, Southeast, Southwest, United States, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Tolerance Drought, Clay Soil
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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Requirements

Hardiness 2 - 6
Plant Type Roses, Shrubs
Plant Family Rosaceae
Genus Rosa, Rosa - Shrub Rose
Common names Rose, Wild Rose
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' - 7'
(90cm - 210cm)
Spread 4' - 6'
(120cm - 180cm)
Spacing 48" - 72"
(120cm - 180cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Midwest, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Northeast, Pacific Northwest, Rhode Island, Rocky Mountains, South Dakota, Southeast, Southwest, United States, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Tolerance Drought, Clay Soil
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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