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Rosa blanda Aiton
Smooth rose, Early wild rose
USDA Symbol: ROBL
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
This is a thornless or near-thornless rose with blunt leaflets and smooth stems with a whitish bloom. Five-petaled flowers are pale pink to white. The shrub is 2-5 ft. tall with a dense, mounded habit.
Spreads vigorously by root suckers once established. The hips are an excellent source of vitamin C. (Ontario Native Plants 2002)
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Fruit:
Red Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
, WV Canada: MB
, SK Native Distribution:
Que. to Man., s. to MD, KY,
& e. KS Native Habitat:
Dry, open woods; hills; prairies; roadsides
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Susceptible to fungal problems.
BenefitWarning: Plant has thorns or prickles.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Propagated by stem
cuttings or division of rootstock. Softwood cuttings should be taken with a heel and treated with hormone. Rose seeds should be taken from the hips as soon as ripe and planted in the open or stratified before planting. Seed Collection:
Hips can be collected as soon as they are ripe. Achenes can then be extracted by macerating the hips in water and recovering the seeds by flotation. Seed Treatment:
Cold-moist stratification is required to break the dormancy of most rose species. Commercially Avail:
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
American Native Nursery
- Quakertown, PA
Record Last Modified: 2012-12-09
Research By: TWC Staff