Wild Rose of the Prairie
The shrub roses ‘Cassie’ and ‘Sally Holmes’ are past their prime, but Prairie Rose (Rosa setigera) is just coming into its own. This is a wild rose that is native to much of the eastern half of the USA.
Prairie Rose is a climber that grows up to 15′, so it’s a good plant for arbors and other structures. Ours is growing against a south-facing brick wall, though in part shade. This year I haven’t bothered to attach the canes to the trellis.
Prairie Rose is supposed to be able to tolerate a good deal of shade. I would say that mine has not exactly thrived. Last year it hardly bloomed at all, so I cut it back hard, almost to the ground. This year it reemerged and has a decent number of flowers. Even when the flowering is uneven, Prairie Rose has been completely disease resistant in our garden.
The single flowers are very fetching. They open pink and fade to white, so a bunch of them can have a multi-colored effect. Prairie Rose is favored by native bees, both for foraging and nesting.
Do you grow any wild roses?