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Rosa blanda, commonly called Meadow Rose or Smooth Rose, is a nearly thornless native rose. The upper stems and the new growth are smooth. Any thorns that occur are bristly prickles at the base of the older stems. Broad-rounded to arching-mounded, it spreads to form patches, making it a good choice for naturalizing in larger areas. Showy pink flowers are 2"–3” across with yellow centers and pleasant fragrance. Berry-like rosehip fruits turn bright red in late summer, attracting birds and a variety of wildlife.

Native roses are visited by an array of pollinating insects, as they have easy access to pollen from the large-petalled landing pads. Both Rosa blanda and Rosa carolina are possible host plants for the Apple Sphinx moth, the Blinded Sphinx, Auotmeris Io moth, and the Cecropia moth.

Soil TypeClay, Loam, Sand
Soil MoistureDry, Medium
Sun ExposureFull Sun, Partial
Height3' - 5'
Bloom ColorPink
Bloom TimeJune, July
Spacing1' - 2'
Zones3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Root TypeRhizome
BenefitsBirds, Pollinators, Host Plant

Meadow (Smooth) Rose

SKU: SP-Shr-RoseM
$3.00Price
  • 12-18 inches tall

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