Rosa arvensis Huds.
Rosa arvensis, commonly known as field rose, musk rose, is a shrub.
Rosa arvensis was described by William Hudson in 1762. The name is considered as validly published.
The shrubs reach heights of 50 to 200 centimetres. The plants reach a width of 0.5 to 2 metres.
Wood and Bark
The bark is green.
Rosa arvensis is deciduous. The dark-green, imparipinnate leaves are alternate. The ovate leaflets are petiolate.
Flowers and Fruits
Rosa arvensis produces solitary white five-stellate flowers from June to July. The plants flower both on this years and on last years shoots.
The shrubs produce red hips from summer to autumn.
Rosa arvensis is native to the whole of Europe with the exception of northern Europe and Turkey.
The shrubs prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on dry to moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy or gritty-loamy soil with a pH between 6,5 and 7,5. They tolerate temperatures down to -29Â°C (USDA zone 5).
The ornamental value of Rosa arvensis lies especially in its fragrance. Suited as slope plant, bee pasture, bird pasture and as plant providing shelter for birds.
Maintenance and Propagation
Pests and Diseases
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