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Rosa blanda Ait.
Smooth rose, Early wild rose
Synonyms: Rosa blanda var. blanda, Rosa subblanda
USDA Symbol: robl
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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
CT , IA , IL , IN , KS , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , SD , VT , WI , WV Canada: MB
, SK Native Distribution:
Que. to Man., s. to MD, KY, n. MO & e. KS Native Habitat:
Dry, open woods; hills; prairies; roadsides USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
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:
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
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Record Modified: 2012-12-09
Research By: TWC Staff