Rosa virginiana Mill.
Rosa virginiana, commonly known as Virginia rose, is a subshrub.
The subshrubs reach heights of 80 to 120 centimetres. The plants reach a width of 1 to 1.5 metres.
Wood and Bark
Rosa virginiana is deciduous. The dark-green, imparipinnate leaves are alternate. The obovate leaflets are petiolate.
Flowers and Fruits
From June to August Rosa virginiana produces corymbs of semi-double, pink five-stellate flowers. The plants flower on this years shoots.
The subshrubs produce red hips from summer to autumn.
Rosa virginiana is native to eastern Canada, the central Northeast of the US, the Northeast of the US and the Southeast of the US.
The subshrubs prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on dry to moderately moist soil. They prefer sandy-loamy or gritty-loamy soil with a pH between 5 and 7. The plants need a soil depth of at least 41 centimetres for good growth.
Tolerance of special soil conditions
- medium: calcareous soil
The ornamental value of Rosa virginiana lies especially in its fragrance. The recommended planting distance is 90 to 240 centimetres. Suited for moorland gardens and for rockeries, as well as suited as cemetery plant, bee pasture, bird pasture and as plant providing shelter for birds.
Maintenance and Propagation
Pests and Diseases
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