This native rose conjures thoughts of a long country road, with weathered split rail fences covered in thickets of dark green foliage and simple pink blossoms.
The Carolina rose performs best in full sun, but also prefers moist soils, so proper mulching and low irrigation would be ideal. After the blooms are spent, bright red rose hips remain, providing food for birds and small animals alike. You can prune these colonizing roses to keep them in order in the late winter to early spring, before it comes out of dormancy.
Rosa carolina is one Dr. Robert Gegere’s list of plants that help support at-risk pollinators, so you can plant this native rose with confidence you are adding beauty to your landscape while benefitting many native insects.
Source: grown from seed originally from Minnesota. Prairie Moon Nursery.
Rosa Carolina (Carolina rose)
SIZE AND POT INFORMATION: More details coming in May type: shrub sun needs: full sun, part sun/part shade water needs: dry, average, moist height: 2' plant spacing: space 2'-3' apart bloom time: June, July, August bloom color: pink
good plant companions
liatris, butterflyweed, Black-eyed Susan, New England aster, wood lily, bluets, bee balm
salt tolerant. Some salt exposure should not be fatal to the plant but some leaf burning may still occur.