Rosa setigera Michx.
Climbing Prairie Rose, Climbing Rose, Prairie Rose
Rosaceae (Rose Family)
USDA Symbol: ROSE2
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. 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.
Climbing or trailing;
Vulnerable - occurence at the fringe of its range or in restricted areas, but not a threatened species.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Notes: 6-15 feet tall.
Leaf: Dark Green
Autumn Foliage: yes
Fruit: Red hip (mature floral tube) surrounding achenes.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , CT , DC , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , MI , MO , NC , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , WI , 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 useful in 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.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Deer Resistant: No
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial 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.
PropagationCommercially Avail: yes
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Texas Discovery Gardens - Dallas, TX
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
BibliographyBibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski
Bibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
Bibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
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 ReferenceWebref 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
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Rosa setigera in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Rosa setigera in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Rosa setigera
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-05-11
Research By: TWC Staff