Meadow Rose, also known as Early Wild Rose or Smooth Rose, is a nearly thornless native rose - any thorns that occur are bristly prickles at the base of older stems, while the new and upper stems remain smooth. Broad rounded, to arching-mounded, it spreads …
|Soil Type||Clay, Loam, Sand|
|Soil Moisture||Dry, Medium|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial|
|Height||3' - 5'|
|Bloom Time||June, July|
|Spacing||1' - 2'|
|Hardiness Zones||3, 4, 5, 6, 7|
|Benefits||Birds, Pollinators, Host Plant|
Rosa blanda, commonly called Meadow Rose or Smooth Rose, is a nearly thornless native rose. The upper stems and the new growth are smooth. Any thorns that occur are bristly prickles at the base of the older stems. Broad-rounded to arching-mounded, it spreads to form patches, making it a good choice for naturalizing in larger areas. Showy pink flowers are 2"–3” across with yellow centers and pleasant fragrance. Berry-like rosehip fruits turn bright red in late summer, attracting birds and a variety of wildlife.
Native roses are visited by an array of pollinating insects, as they have easy access to pollen from the large-petalled landing pads. Both Rosa blanda and Rosa carolina are possible host plants for the Apple Sphinx moth, the Blinded Sphinx, Auotmeris Io moth, and the Cecropia moth.