Rosa canina

Rosa canina

Dog rose

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Rosa canina
  • Common name: Dog rose
  • Plant type: Shrub
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 4m

Spread: 3m

Flower colour:
  • Pink
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive seed-heads, Attractive to wildlife, Flowers, Fruit, Thorns

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The dog rose, Rosa canina, bears an attractive burst of lightly scented, usually pink flowers in summer. These are followed by a terrific show of bright red hips. It's fast growing and its stems are incredibly prickly, making it a good choice for an informal mixed hedge. It's a great wildlife plant, attracting bees, butterflies, moths and birds. The density of its groth habit provides shelter for birds and small mammals such as hedgehogs.

For best results grow Rosa canina on moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. To maintain its shape, prune back older stems to around 30cm above ground level, from late autumn to early spring.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade, Partial shade
  • Aspect: East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle, Back
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Prefers rich soil, Succeeds on poor soil
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers, Provides shelter/habitat, Makes a good wildlife hedge, Seeds for birds, Caterpillar food plant

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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