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Rosa canina

Wild rose

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Attractive seed-heads, Flowers, Fruit, Thorns, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


Rosa canina

Plant details

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.

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Rosa

Species: canina

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Attractive seed-heads, Flowers, Fruit, Thorns, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 400cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to prune: September to November

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