A.k.a. Illinois rose, wild climbing rose, and prairie rose. A lovely native rose that whose arching habit forms a bush ~4’ tall when left to its own devices, but can climb up to 15’ tall with support. Grows well along moist fence rows, and has attractive fall foliage of variable colors. With its similar growth habit, it makes a perfect native replacement for invasive multiflora rose!
Light: Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet Mesic, Mesic
Soil Type: Loam
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: June
Fruit: Red rose hips mature in early fall.
Fall Color: Red, Purple
Root Type: Taproot
Notable Wildlife Interactions: Flowers attract bees and flies. Hosts moths such as the gordian sphinx and spotted fireworm moths, as well as a few leafhoppers, grasshoppers, a walking stick, and a variety of smaller insects. Rose hips provide winter food for songbirds and small mammals. Occasionally browsed by deer and rabbits.
Notes: Does not tolerate standing water well. Consider native Rosa palustris instead.