Rosa gymnocarpa var. gymnocarpa

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USDA Hardiness zone: Zn4b -20º to -25ºF

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Rosa gymnocarpa var. gymnocarpa

Bald hip rose or woodland rose or miniature rose- three names that describe this dainty inhabitant of woods.  A light textured small shrub to 2′-4′ depending on the fertility the soil. Spreads laterally by stolons and it can occupy a large area. Charming nickel sized flowers are pink and lightly fragrant when they appear from April to June. The hips that follow are diminutive and slick without prickles (bald). Slow growing plant that is ideal in shade to dense shade. One of the best native shrubs for shady locations. It will also tolerate full sun but it doesn’t look as happy. A big hit with pollinator and birds who distribute this little roses seeds all throughout western Oregon. Thorns are small and do not hurt. Associated plants in the wild are Polystichum minutum (western sword fern), Osmoronia cerasiformis (Oso plum) and Clinopodium douglasii (Satureja). Woodrose grw on our property near Eugene. It formed the understory layer beneath firs and oaks with Symphoricarpos alba (Snowberry) Not deer resistant but its not first on their list. Light orange fall color. Oregon native plant.

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