Rosa setigera

Common name: Illinois Rose

Native plant

Illinois Rose is sometimes referred to by the somewhat misleading common name of "Prairie Rose."  This plant actually prefers savannas or woodland edges where it gets at least a half-day of sun. Pink flowers with yellow centers bloom in July. Fall color is red-orange with red rose hips. It can get quite large at 5-6 feet tall and the same across. A number of people have used this as a climbing rose, and unlike most climbing roses, it is very hardy. Renewal pruning can be done once every 3 years in the spring. Since the plant blooms on new wood, you will get blooms the same year.


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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, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

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


Prairie Grasslands, Sandy Soils, Savannas

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Colonizing / Spreading, Rhizomatous/stoloniferous

Growth rate


Flower color

Pink White

Fall color



Mature height
5 Feet
Mature width
6 Feet
Max height
7 Feet
Max width
12 Feet

Additional information

Loved by birds Pollinator hot spot Edible fruit

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