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Climbing Prairie Rose
Rosa setigera


The climbing prairie rose can be found in thickets and along fence rows in Central Texas, Louisiana, Florida and New York, and west to Indiana, Missouri and Kansas. This nearly scentless, suckering, high-climbing beauty bears pink flowers which fade to white, showing several shades of pink at one time. It blooms on last years' growth, so pruning should wait until early or mid summer, after flowering. Rosa setigera has trailing or leaning stems which would require the support of a substantial arbor in a garden. Because of its suckering or rambling habit it has been suggested as a good plant for difficult sites along highways. Although this rose is usually slightly, and occasionally very thorny, there is a thornless cultivar named Serena. Rosa setigera has been in cultivation since 1810.

Plant Habit or Use: groundcover
medium shrub

Exposure: sun
partial sun

Flower Color: pink or white

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: red hips

Height: 6 to 18 feet

Width: 6 feet, spreading

Plant Character: semievergreen

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4

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