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Wild Roses: The Prairie Rose

For those of us that enjoy using roses for natural remedies and recipes, the wild varieties are what we turn to first. Wild (or species) roses are more hardy than their highly bred cousins, and with their abundance of big red hips, they are a foragers delight! And with their wafer thin petals, they make excellent rose petal tea, much better than any of the common garden roses.

Rosa Californica
The Californian wild rose, Rosa Californica

The prairie rose is another popular native flower found in the US. Also called the rosa Arkansana, it is found primarily in the central portion of the US and North America. The name rosa arkansana comes from the Arkansas River, in which valley you can often find this abundant flower.

This flower can be found, obviously, in prairies, meadows and clearings. Due to cross pollinating over the years, it can be somewhat difficult to identify. As with all wild breeds, it has five petals with varying bloom colors, from white to pink. Occasionally, you will find a specimen with a deep red color, if you're lucky! Again blooms normally strike during the early spring, around May or June.

The prairie rose is quite resilient, and can grow from seeds or old roots. It has adapted well to the frequent fires and droughts that can occur on the Great plains.

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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