Virginia Rose, Rosa virginiana

Virginia Rose

Rosa virginiana

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Bloom Time: Summer
Hardiness Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Soil Conditions: Sand
Soil Moisture: Medium
Color: Pink
Fragrance: Yes
Height: 5-8 feet
Spacing: 6-8 feet

Virginia Rose, Rosa virginiana, also called Wild Rose, is a hardy species of dry and sometimes saline habitats. This shrub produces in mid-summer lovely, pink, single flowers with yellow centers cover. This mounding shrub attracts many species of bees. Foliage is dark green and shiny. The pinnate compound leaves have 7-9 glossy green leaflets 1-2.5 inches long. The foliage turns purple to red-orange to yellow in fall. Red fruits provide beauty and food for overwintering animals.

It occurs along the edges of salt marshes, along roadsides and in pastures. It tolerates clay and prefers a moist situation. It likes full sun, is easy to transplant, and prefers well-drained acidic soils but is adaptable. It is also salt tolerant.

A great tough plant for along roadsides, driveways or hedgerows. Can be cut back to the ground every spring to keep it low, or if it’s been damaged by snowplows. Increases in size by underground stem, so not good for a small garden, though it does well in a large pot

 Plant Notes and Herbal Uses
  The fruit, known as hips, contains Vitamin C and can be used to make tea and jelly.
  It is an outstanding ornamental shrub,
 Further Information

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