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Species, Wild Rose, Prairie Rose

Rosa setigera

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Westchester, Illinois

Valparaiso, Indiana

Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Cole Camp, Missouri

Beatrice, Nebraska

Arlington, Texas

Austin, Texas

Edgewood, Texas

Onalaska, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 18, 2016, pkalisz from Mercer County, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Rosa setigera is a native rose in central KY. It is beautiful, trouble-free and easy to cultivate as a climbing rose.


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 s... read more