Rosa blanda

Common name: Early Wild Rose

Native plant

Another name is “Smooth Rose,” which would seem to indicate that it has few thorns. However, I have read and observed that the plant can have a lot of thorns. Isn’t it neat how taxonomists classify plants, and the plants try their best to wiggle out of the classification? Early Wild Rose does create a thicket. The flowers are pink with yellow centers that bloom late May to early June. The rose hips are red and half an inch wide. It has been said by numerous authorities that 3 rose hips are equal in Vitamin C to one orange. I have tried rose hips and concluded that I like oranges a whole lot better.


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun

Bloom period


Urban environment

Harsh Exposure Tolerant, Compacted/New Construction Soils, Road-side/Salt Tolerant


Prairie Grasslands, Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Colonizing / Spreading, Rhizomatous/stoloniferous

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
4 Feet
Mature width
4 Feet
Max height
6 Feet
Max width
8 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Loved by birds Pollinator hot spot Edible fruit

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