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PlantFiles: California Wild Rose
Rosa californica

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Species: californica (kal-ih-FOR-nik-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Rosa aldersonii

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

Bloom Color:
Light pink (lp)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Patent Information:

Other Details:
Stems are very thorny
Sets hips

Pruning Instructions:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DisHammerhand On Jul 19, 2009, DisHammerhand from Fontana, CA wrote:

Better than barbed wire for fence lines. Superior hedge filler. No one wants to climb through this stuff. Thorns are like velcro. Not fussy about water. Can have a little or a lot. Looks much nicer with a lot. Fragrant flowers and showy hips are icing for this green security fence.

Positive Susan_C On Jun 17, 2007, Susan_C from Alameda, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Lovely in a cottage or slightly wild garden and attracts butterflies, honey bees, bumble bees and native bees. It does tend to sucker a lot, so either put a barrier around it or be prepared to be on the watch for suckers.

Positive Chuck1260 On Mar 26, 2005, Chuck1260 from Arroyo Grande, CA wrote:

A rose native to california. Forms clumps. Blooms off an on with single, 5 petalled flowers. Prickles instead of thorns. Gets about 4 feet high in my yard. Easy to grow, with interesting foliage and nice flowers.


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

Agoura Hills, California
Alameda, California
Arroyo Grande, California
Fontana, California
Malibu, California
Richmond, California
San Diego, California
San Pedro, California

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