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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Rosa carolina

Carolina Rose

Scientific Name:

Rosa carolina

Genus:

Rosa

Species Epithet:

carolina

Common Name:

Carolina Rose

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Pink

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June, July

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Rosa carolina ssp. carolina: Upland forests, woodlands, pastures, roadsides; common throughout NC.
Rosa carolina ssp. subserrulata: Glades and barrens; rare in NC mountains and piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Colonial, so best grown in a natural area. Red fruit in the fall. Straight, sharp thorns.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://nc.audubon.org/conservation/bird-friendly-communities/bird-friendly-native-plants

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/rosa-carolina/

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/rosa/carolina/



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