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Marcus, Joseph A.
Rosa setigera Michx.
Climbing prairie rose, Climbing rose, Prairie Rose
USDA Symbol: rose2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
The pink prairie rose has climbing branches 6–15 feet long, with straight, scattered prickles along the stems. Leaves are divided into 3–5 leaflets which are sharp-pointed and 13 inches long. 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 10–15 feet long (248).
Climbing or trailing;
Vulnerable - occurence at the fringe of its range or in restricted areas, but not a threatened species
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf Retention: Deciduous Size Notes:
6-15 feet tall. Leaf:
Dark Green Autumn Foliage:
Red Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: May
, WV Canada: ON
, QC Native Habitat:
Open woodlands and thickets in Texas.
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Low Light Requirement:
Sun , Part Shade , Shade Soil Moisture:
Dry , Moist CaCO3 Tolerance:
Medium Soil Description:
Clay, Sand, Loam Conditions Comments:
Prairie rose is a thornless rose that is perfect
for 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.
BenefitWarning: Plant has thorns or prickles.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Deer Resistant: No
PropagationCommercially Avail: yes
Mr. Smarty Plants says
Prickly vine for fire escape in Boston
February 23, 2010
I live in Boston area and would like to plant a prickly vine that will grow on my fire escape. What do you recommend?
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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, PAPrairie Nursery
- Westfield, WI
Record Last Modified: 2013-09-08
Research By: TWC Staff