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Prickly Wild Rose

Rosa acicularis

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Prickly Wild Rose (Rosa acicularis) at Spruce It Up Garden Centre

Prickly Wild Rose flowers

Prickly Wild Rose flowers

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Height:  8 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2

Other Names:  Prickly Rose, Bristly Rose


A cold hardy native rose variety that occurs in average to acidic, rocky soils; features single pink flowers with yellow centers that bloom in mid-spring only; hips appear in late summer adding fall interest; excellent for rock gardens or hedging

Ornamental Features

Prickly Wild Rose features showy lightly-scented pink flowers with yellow eyes at the ends of the branches from mid to late spring, which emerge from distinctive red flower buds. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The serrated oval compound leaves turn yellow in fall. The fruits are showy scarlet hips displayed in late summer.

Landscape Attributes

Prickly Wild Rose is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds, bees and butterflies to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Disease
  • Spiny

Prickly Wild Rose is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Prickly Wild Rose will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Garden 
Flowers  Fruit  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features