Rosa virginiana - Virginia Rose
These are not your grandmother’s roses. Unlike their hybrid cousins, these roses will not need spraying, fertilizing or extra watering once established. They grow rapidly in almost any kind of soil and bloom like crazy with fragrant blossoms. The bright red hips persist through winter for an extra season of interest.
- Pretty pink, fragrant flowers attract butterflies
- Rose hips are rich in vitamin C and can be made into jams
- Blooms like crazy in early summer
- Extremely cold hardy
- Highly resistant to pests and disease
It is found in dry pastures and open woods throughout most of eastern North America.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
The rose hips, or fruit, is rich in vitamin C, and can be eaten. They make delicious jams and can be steeped to make rose hip tea.
Adaptable to a wide range of soil types as long as they are well drained. Prefers sun and part sun sites. Can tolerate wind but not maritime exposure.