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California Wildrose
Rosa californica
  
About California Wildrose (Rosa californica) 54 Nurseries Carry This Plant The California Wild Rose is a beautiful rose species that grows through the coast and foothills of California, and in the mountains up to elevations of 6000 feet. It is a deciduous thicket-forming shrub with prickly, curving stems. Each rose is open-faced and generally flat, with five petals in any shade of pink from almost white to deep magenta. The fragrant flowers may grow singly or in flower clusters of several blooms. It produces typical rose hips containing yellow seeds. The plant is native to arid regions and can survive drought, but it grows most abundantly in moist soils near water sources. It is most often used as a barrier planting in a garden where it can be allowed to form a large thicket. It can go summer dormant (or partially) if it doesn't get enough water. Berries may or may not happen, but California Wild Rose is still a good background foundation plant in leaf.
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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