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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.

Flower

Wake County, NC May 2002 by Hugh Partridge

Straight thorns distinguish between r.carolina and r.palustris

Wake County, NC, September 2020 by Margaret Partridge

Rose hip

Wake County, September 2020, by Margaret Partridge

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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