Nootka Rose is the most common native wild rose in the northwest, found on both sides of the Cascades, in dry or moist sites. They take almost no care, need summer water only when getting established (or in drought years). It has large, 2-4 inches, single, cup-shaped flowers in summer, pink or reddish-pink. Round orange or purplish-red, pear-shaped hips follow these. The Nootka Rose grows 3-6ft high, and has stout thorns in pairs at the leaf nodes. These form important habitat for wildlife. The thicket is important cover for pheasant and quail. The hips are available in winter and are eaten by bluebirds, juncos, grosbeaks, and thrushes. Butterfly larvae eat the leaves, and the aphids attracted by young shoots are food for ladybugs and songbirds. Use them in the shrub border, as a hedge or hedgerow, or in the woodland or wild setting.
Zones: 3 to 9
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