Dog Rose (Rosa canina) in the Roses Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Rosa canina Accepted
Rosa sphaerica Synonym
Rosa sarmentacea Synonym
Rosa pseudoscabrata Synonym
Rosa leucantha Synonym
Rosa belgradensis Synonym
Rosa surculosa Synonym

Also sold as:
Sweet Briar Rose

Data specific to Roses (Edit)
Bloom size: Small: under 2"
Bloom shape: Other: Saucer-shaped
Petal count: Single: 1-7 petals
Rose bloom color: Light pink
Extra Bloom Info: Petals have distinct notch in the middle of the outer edge
Rebloom: None
Class: Other: Species, wild
Extra Color Info: Pale rose pink to white
Growth Habit: Tall, vigorous, arching, to 16 feet
Fragrance: Mild
Misc: Shade tolerant
Hybridizer & year: Unknown origin, before 1557
Optimal growing zones: USDA zones 5-9

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5b -26.1 °C (-15 °F) to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: Up to 16 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Pollinators: Self
Moths and Butterflies
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Thorned


Rose TriviaRose Trivia
By dorab, February 9, 2013

This is a collection of little-known facts about the Rose, also known as the Queen of Flowers. The list was compiled by Joannabanana and dorab.

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Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Nov 15, 2011 10:36 PM

Native to Europe, the dog rose is naturalized in much of eastern North America. It grows along sunny roadsides, along the edge of woods and as hedges. It's a perennial shrub, growing as bushes about 6 - 10 feet tall. The stems have hooked thorns; the leaves are smoother and greener than garden roses. The flowers appear from May to July and are usually pale pink on long stalks.

The hips are usually 1/2 to 1 inch long. They are a rich source of vitamin C. They can be eaten right from the plant, but are most commonly used to make rose hip jelly.

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Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Sep 19, 2016 10:39 PM

National flower of Romania.

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