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California Wildrose
Rosa californica
  
About California Wildrose (Rosa californica) 83 Nurseries Carry This Plant With charming open-faced blooms in shades of pink that range from near-white to magenta, the California Wildrose (Rosa californica), a native rose species, adds beauty to any garden or landscape. Its fragrant flowers bloom abundantly through spring and summer. The flowers attract butterflies and other pollinators. In fall, it produces deep red rose hips that provide food for birds.

California Wildrose is easy to grow. It can tolerate low-water conditions but benefits from supplemental irrigation, especially during summer. It grows in different soil types, although it does best in moist, loamy soil. This shrub can form large thickets, making it a good choice for barrier planting. Pruning is not necessary when it has room to grow. Otherwise, light shaping keeps it from overgrowing small spaces.
California Wild Rose – Rosa Californica – Tree of Life Nursery. (2007, December 14). https://californianativeplants.com/blog/garden-planning-tools/rosacalifornica/
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
8 - 10 ft tall
10 ft wide

Form
Form
Rounded, Mounding, Spreading

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Moderate, Fast

Dormancy
Dormancy
Winter Deciduous

Fragrance
Fragrance
Fragrant - Pleasant

Flower Color
Flower Color
Red, Pink, White

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Summer, Spring

Wildlife Supported
 
Bees, butterflies and birds

 
Butterflies & moths hosted ( 2 confirmed , 70 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun, Part Shade, Full Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Low, Moderate - High

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 3x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Very Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to -10° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Medium, Slow

Soil Description
Soil Description
Tolerates clay but does best in moist loamy soil. Soil PH: 5.0 - 8.0

Common uses
Common uses
Hedges, Deer Resistant, Bird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Maintenance
Maintenance
It is typically used where it can expand at will and pruning is not needed. If used near a walkway or driveway, it may need annual pruning to keep it neat and under control.

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
2, 5, 6, 7*, 8*, 9*, 10, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Moist places and streambanks, springs, seeps, seasonal drainages

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 5.8" - 112.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 3.31", Coldest Month: 28.4" - 57.0", Hottest Month: 53.2" - 80.9", Humidity: 0.04" - 29.77", Elevation: -6" - 8144"

Alternative Names
Common Names: California Wild Rose


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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