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Rosa minutifolia (Small-Leaved Rose)

Baja Rose, Ensenada Rose, Small-Leaved Rose, Wild Roses, Shrub Roses


Noted for its drought tolerance and tiny leaves, Rosa minutifolia (Small-Leaved Rose) is a semi-evergreen dense shrub adorned with gray to red-tinted branches densely covered with straight or slightly recurved spines. The foliage of minute, deeply incised, bright green leaflets, 1/4 in. wide (0.5 cm), distinguishes this native rose from all other roses. In early spring to mid summer, it is covered with a profusion of lightly fragrant, tiny pink flowers, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), adorned with yellow central stamens. They are followed by tiny dark reddish purple rose-hips. Slow growing, Rosa minutifolia remains fairly compact, unlike other wild roses. It is incredibly drought tolerant and easily survives as long as nine months without water. It will often grow and bloom in response to watering. This rose is known to be self-infertile, but seeds are produced readily in mixed stands. Native to coastal bluffs, mesas and foothills of California and Baja California, Rosa minutifolia is a good choice for drought tolerant gardens especially in southern coastal California.

  • Grows up to 3-4 ft. tall and wide (90-120 cm).
  • Best grown in full sun, in sandy, well-drained soils. Tolerant of clay soils and drought. Water maximum once per month in summer after the plant is established.
  • Do not prune.
  • Perfect for coastal gardens, native plant gardens or bird gardens.
  • Attractive to pollinating insects, butterflies and birds.
  • Do not remove spent flowers if you want to enjoy a beautiful crop of orange-red hips in fall and winter.
  • Propagate by seed (no stratification is needed), cuttings, division, and layering.
  • Native to California and Baja California.

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Plant Type Roses, Shrubs
Plant Family Rosa - Shrub Roses, Rosa - Roses
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spacing 36" – 48" (90cm – 120cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Semi-Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, California
Tolerance Clay Soil, Drought, Salt
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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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 9 – 11
Plant Type Roses, Shrubs
Plant Family Rosa - Shrub Roses, Rosa - Roses
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spacing 36" – 48" (90cm – 120cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Semi-Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, California
Tolerance Clay Soil, Drought, Salt
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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