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Prickly Rose (Rosa acicularis)

Landscape Use:
Alberta’s floral emblem.
Fills in the space.
Good understory.
Hips stay on all winter, offering food for winter birds.
Full sun to part shade.
Extremely drought tolerant for Calgary and area gardens.

Special Conditions:
Commonly used for reclamation for bank stabilization.
Can be suckery and aggressive.
Plant with caution in an appropriate site where there is sufficient space.
Once you have roses, you will always have roses.
Prickly rose (Rosa acicularis) and wild rose (Rosa woodsii) overlap habitats in Calgary and do hybridize.


Product Description

1 to 2m in height with variable spread.
Bright red twigs, thorny to the very tip.
Compound leaves, 5-7 leaflets, green turning a nice red in the fall.
Single pink flowers bloom in mid to late summer.
Mildly fragrant.
Fruit is a bright red hip high in vitamin C and very ornamental in mid winter.


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