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PlantFiles: Prairie Rose
Rosa setigera

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Species: setigera (set-EE-ger-uh) (Info)

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Bloom Color:
Deep pink (dp)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Trained to climb

Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
Resistant to mildew
Resistant to rust
Stems are moderately thorny
Sets hips

Pruning Instructions:
Avoid pruning

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
By grafting
By budding

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive plant_it On May 27, 2013, plant_it from Valparaiso, IN wrote:

Called the Climbing Wild Rose or Climbing Prairie Rose, Rosa setigera is a woody vine that is 4-12' long. It's native to
Eastern and Central North America. In open areas, the Climbing Wild Rose ascends about 3' and arches downward to reroot in the ground, while in more wooded areas it tends to climb over neighboring vegetation. The prickles along the woody stems are short, stout, and slightly curved. They are not particularly numerous.

The flowers appear in small clusters from early to mid-summer and bloom for about a month. Each flower is about 2-3" across. The flowers have a typical rose fragrance. Later in the summer, bright red rose hips appear. The root system consists of a taproot that branches occasionally, and is usually quite deep. This vine reproduces by seed or suckering of the stems.

The preference is full or partial sun and loamy, fertile soil. This plant prefers soil that is evenly moist or mesic it dislikes wet conditions with standing water or droughty conditions.

The rose hips are eaten by various small mammals and birds, including the Greater Prairie Chicken, while the stems and foliage are browsed by the Cottontail Rabbit and White-Tailed Deer (particularly the latter), notwithstanding the occasional prickles.

This native rose can be distinguished from the non-native, invasive Rosa multiflora (Multiflora Rose) by the lack of comb-like hairs on the stipules at the base of its compound leaves. It also differs from Multiflora Rose by having larger flowers that are more pink and by having fewer leaflets per compound leaf.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Westchester, Illinois
Valparaiso, Indiana
Cole Camp, Missouri
Beatrice, Nebraska
Arlington, Texas
Austin, Texas
Edgewood, Texas
Onalaska, Wisconsin

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