The Q&A Archives: Prairie Rose

Question: A few years ago I bought a plant labeled "prairie rose". It has never bloomed, just grows like a weed,producing
several new canes a year. Is this really a rose, and what can I do to make it bloom?

Answer: Prairie rose is Rosa carolina, a member of the rose family, but not one with genteel manners! Your plant should produce an abundance of flowers, so perhaps it's not getting the exposure to full sunshine that it needs. If it is planted in a sunny area, you may be feeding and/or watering too often. Prairie rose takes lots of neglect, poor soils and infrequent watering. Here's a website with background information on Rosa carolina:

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