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Rosa woodsii Lindl.
Woods' rose, Western wild rose
USDA Symbol: ROWO
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The Wood rose is a much-branched, deciduous shrub, up to 5 ft. tall, often growing in dense thickets. Stems are red and prickled on their lower portions, though not as well-armed as other wild roses. Leaves are pinnately-compoud with five to nine leaflets. Pink, five-petaled flowers, 2 in. across, are followed by many orange-red hips.
This is a variable species, with a number of varieties occuring throughout the western states.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Green Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
AK , AZ , CA , CO , IA , ID , KS , MN , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , OK , OR , SD , TX , UT , WA , WI , WY Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
ND to B.C., irregularly s. to TX, CA & n. Mex. Native Habitat:
Open woods; plains; stream banks; stony slopes USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Sandy or light clay soils.
Conditions Comments: This is a variable species with a number of varieties occuring throughout the western states. All are susceptible to fungal problems.
BenefitWarning: Plant has thorns or prickles.
Conspicuous 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. Suckers can be 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. Commercially Avail:
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Texas Discovery Gardens
- Dallas, TXNative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2009-04-23
Research By: TWC Staff