- May Benefit & Attract: Warblers, chickadees, wrens, indigo buntings, and vireos
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
- This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
- Hardiness Zone: 5-8
- Mature Height: 6-12' tall
- Mature Width: 8-10' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
- Spacing: 8-10' apart
Why plant Audubon® Native Prairie Rose?
Normally, if someone’s in need of a climbing Rose, they’ll get a hybrid, but this native form will do the job just fine, too. Prairie Rose is a lovely, vigorous Rose that sends out long (12 to 15 feet) canes that can be trained to a fence, arbor, or large trellis. In midsummer, it puts on a captivating show of deep pink flowers that fade to near-white. At peak bloom, the multicolor effect is quite charming. Prairie Rose can also be grown without a support as a wide-spreading filler in informal gardens. Supports native birds and bees.
Michigan calls this the Michigan Rose, and Illinois calls it the Illinois Rose, though many states could lay claim to the Prairie Rose. It has an extensive natural range that stretches from Wisconsin to New York in the North and from Texas to Alabama in the South. This is a highly beneficial plant for wildlife, with pollen for bees and a buffet of caterpillars and other insects for birds. Warblers, chickadees, wrens, indigo buntings, and vireos are some of the many songbirds that feed on the insects found on Prairie Rose foliage. Mockingbirds devour the bronzy-red fruits that form in fall.
How to use Audubon® Native Prairie Rose in the landscape?
Fall color, too! After the summer color parade is over, Prairie Rose puts on another show. When the weather gets frosty, the green leaves turn a deep burgundy-red. Some years, you may see a medley of purple, red, orange, and yellow foliage.
Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.
What is the definition of Native?
“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society
Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.
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Hardiness Zone: 5-8
How To Plant Audubon® Native Prairie Rose
Unlike many fancy Hybrid Tea Roses, the native American Smooth Rose is not fussy about its growing conditions and is not difficult to care for. Diseases are few, and any caterpillars that appear will be gobbled up by birds. Do not spray it with chemicals! Smooth Rose likes full sun and average soils—anywhere between moist and a bit dry is fine. Irrigate during extended dry spells. If grown on a fence or arbor, the long canes will need to be tied to it. Otherwise, it will sprawl along the ground, rooting in where the tips touch the soil. Prune in early spring.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.