Rosa carolina

Growing Information

Plant Type: Shrub
Sunlight: Sun, part shade
Soils: Average to wet
Bloom Time: Showy pink flowers in June, July, August
Size: 2-4 feet in height; 3-4 foot spread

Plant the low maintenance native rose shrub in borders, mass plantings, and use for naturalizing in spots with good air circulation. Most prolific in full sun. Drought tolerant and deer and rabbit resistant. The rose hip turns bright red as it ripens. It’s also called the Carolina Rose.

Garden Companions

Sweet fern (Comptonia peregrina), Little bluestem grass (Schizachyrium scoparium), Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), Wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

Nature Benefits

• Offers nectar for bumble bees and other native bees.
• Native bees nest beneath, within, or harvest parts to construct their nests.
• Rosehips support birds in winter.

Native Habitat

Occurs in sandy areas, thickets, roadsides, open woods.

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