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Rosa blanda (Early Wild Rose)

Smooth Rose, Early Wild Rose, Smooth Wild Rose, Meadow Rose, Labrador Rose, Wild Roses, Shrub Roses


Incredibly hardy and thornless or near-thornless, Rosa blanda (Early Wild Rose) is a vigorous, multi-stemmed, suckering shrub forming a dense mound of compound green leaves with elliptical, 5 to 9 leaflets. In summer, it is covered with a plentiful array of fragrant, single, pale pink to white flowers, 2-3 in. across (5-7 cm), with yellow central stamens. As an extra bonus, these are followed by bright red rose hips that are are an excellent source of vitamin C. They persist throughout winter to the delight of hungry birds who will feast on them. Rosa blanda is a lovely addition to a wildlife garden and is useful in meadows, prairies and dry hillsides where this colony-forming rose can freely grow.

  • Grows up to 4-5 ft. tall and wide (120-150 cm). Unless restrained, this shrub rose will spread by suckers to form dense thickets over time.
  • Best grown in full sun in humus-rich, moist, well-drained soils. Tolerant of dry soils, alkaline soils, clay soils.
  • This ravishing shrub is a superb addition to prairies and meadows and creates a lovely fragrant flowering hedge.
  • Keep an eye out for leaf spots, mildew, Japanese beetle.
  • Attractive to bees and pollinating insects.
  • Do not remove spent flowers if you want to enjoy a beautiful crop of rose hips in fall and winter.
  • This rose species blooms on old wood, prune after flowering.
  • Propagated by stem cuttings or division of rootstock.
  • Native to North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 2 – 6
Plant Type Roses, Shrubs
Plant Family Rosa - Shrub Roses, Rosa - Roses
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spread 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spacing 48" – 60" (120cm – 150cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Rocky Mountains, Montana, Southeast, West Virginia
Tolerance Clay Soil, Dry Soil
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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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.


Requirements

Hardiness 2 – 6
Plant Type Roses, Shrubs
Plant Family Rosa - Shrub Roses, Rosa - Roses
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spread 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spacing 48" – 60" (120cm – 150cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Rocky Mountains, Montana, Southeast, West Virginia
Tolerance Clay Soil, Dry Soil
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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