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Rosa arkansana (Prairie rose)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Rosa arkansana

Rosa arkansana Porter

Prairie Rose, Arkansas Rose

Rosaceae (Rose Family)


USDA Symbol: ROAR3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Small clusters of white to deep pink flowers on densely prickly stems of new growth or on short, lateral branches of older stems.

The flower buds of this species are a deeper pink than the open flowers. The colorful fruit remains on the plant into the fall and winter


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall.
Fruit: Hip (mature floral tube) surrounding achenes.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AR , CO , DC , IA , IL , IN , KS , MA , MI , MN , MO , MT , ND , NE , NM , NY , OH , OK , SD , TX , WI , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , ON , SK
Native Distribution: Alberta east to Ontario and Massachusetts, southwest to Indiana and Texas, and northwest to Montana.
Native Habitat: Prairies, roadsides, and ditches.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Drought Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Humus Enriched


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Birds , Butterflies
Deer Resistant: Minimal

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees
Provides Nesting Materials/Structure for Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

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 Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR


Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 1294 - The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

From the Archive

Wildflower Newsletter 1994 VOL. 11, NO.4 - Night of the Wildflowers Fundraising Event, New Site Preview Featured at Members...

Additional resources

USDA: Find Rosa arkansana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Rosa arkansana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Rosa arkansana


Record Modified: 2023-05-11
Research By: TWC Staff

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