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Wild Roses: Rosa Virginiana

The Virgina wild rose
The Virgina wild rose

Also known as rosa Virginiana, this species is common on the East Coast of the United States, but can go as far west as Arkansas and as far north as Quebec and Ontario. Obviously, it's also very common in Virginia.

It is a perennial shrub, much like the multiflora and swamp species. Left unchecked, it can reach six feet high in areas. It will grow quickly and can be borderline invasive on other vegetation. Its commonly found in the wild in meadows and clearings.

As with all wild species, flowers have five petals. They are usually pinkish in color with some yellow in the center. It can be recognized but its hairy stems and nasty curving thorns. Watch out when handling it! It blooms a little later than other native roses from early summer (June) to late summer (August)

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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