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Rosa stellata (Desert rose)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn

Rosa stellata

Rosa stellata Woot.

Desert Rose

Rosaceae (Rose Family)


USDA Symbol: rost

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Desert rose is a prickly, 2 ft. shrub with velvety, pinnate, deciduous leaves. Solitary flowers are deep-rose-purple, and up to 2 1/2 in. across. These are followed by a dullish-red hip.

This rose blooms from June to September.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

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


Native Distribution: Trans Pecos, TX to AZ
Native Habitat: Mt. canyons; dry, rocky places

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available

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.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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