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Wild Roses: Multiflora

The multiflora rose is a native plant to the Asia region. Find out more about this tough species.

Multiflora Rose
Also known as rosa multiflora, but can also be called baby rose or rambler rose, this wild plant has spread rapidly throughout the US and can be found in many meadows, pastures, and forests. It is not a true rambler or climber however. In fact it was commonly used as a hedge or fence for animal and pasture control.

The multiflora rose was first imported in 1866 from Asia. Since then, it has spread rapidly from the Northeast to the rest of the country, although it is not as common in the Mountain states. Its ability to server as a fast growing hedge rose and its vigor made it appealing as stock for display roses. However, it was found to be very invasive and fast growing.

You will often find it in deep thickets near meadows and pasture edges and tends to crowd out other native plants. While it can be a pest if left unchecked, the multiflora does have some beautiful touches. It is similar to the rosa carolina in that it also has 5 petals abd blooms in the May and June time periods. However, it is normally smaller bloomed and will be white to light pinkish in color. You'll also often find this as the grafiting stock for standard roses, especially on the East Coast.

Given that it is a wild rose and invasive in nature, its not exactly the type you'll find at your neighborhood nursery. In fact the National Park Service recommends that you don't plant this. However, it does have a very nice fragance, so its worth a closer look if you are in a pasture or meadow with them.

Roses By Type

Wild roses, Hybrids, climbers, miniatures and more. Make some sense of the multitude of rose varieties with our handy guides.

Wild Roses
Wild or species roses. They have a natural simple beauty, with their plain 5 petal flowers and vibrant red hips.
Old Fashioned
This includes varieties such as Alba, Damask, Gallica, Hybrid Perpetual, Bourbons, Moss, and many more.
Hybrid Tea
Probably the most popular type in use today. Orignally created by crossing Hybrid Perpetuals and Tea roses.
Climbing Roses
The climbers are not a variety, they can come from different families such as HT's, Floribundas, Antiques etc.
Rambling Roses
Similar habit to the climbers, but with a few subtle (and important to remember) differences between them.
Floribunda
Well known for their prolific sprays of flowers, the floribundas are a very popular garden choice.
Ground Covers
This encompasses varieties such as the Knockout, Drift, and Star roses. Generally very easy care.
Miniatures
A great way to bring your roses indoors or onto the patio. And with a low price, you can have as many as you want!
English Roses
One of the best loved varieties, David Austin's English roses are a must have for your garden.
Shrub Roses
This class is a "catch all" for roses that just don't fit other catagories. A bit of a cop out really!
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