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Rosa setigera

Climbing prairie rose, Climbing rose, Prairie Rose

Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Rosa setigera (Climbing prairie rose)
Marcus, Joseph A.
The pink prairie rose has climbing branches 615 feet long, with straight, scattered prickles along the stems. Leaves are divided into 35 leaflets which are sharp-pointed. The 5-petaled pink flowers are 2 inches across, with many yellow stamens. They grow in clusters at the end of stems, but often open 1 or 2 at a time. They sometimes grow in bowers extending 8 feet high and 1015 feet long.

Climbing or trailing;
Vulnerable - occurence at the fringe of its range or in restricted areas, but not a threatened species.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Size Notes: 6-15 feet tall.
Leaf: Dark Green
Autumn Foliage: yes
Fruit: Red
Size Class: 6-12 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: May


USA: AL , AR , CT , FL , GA , IL , IN , IA , KS , KY , LA , MD , MA , MI , MO , NE , NH , NJ , NY , NC , OH , OK , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV , WI , DC
Canada: ON , QC
Native Habitat: Open woodlands and thickets in Texas.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Clay, Sand, Loam
Conditions Comments: Prairie rose is useful in a location where it can ramble or climb. The single form, five petaled rosy flowers gradually fade to near-white creating a wonderful multi-hued effect. Many birds relish the showy, red fruit.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Attracts: Birds
Deer Resistant: No

Last Update: 2014-07-18