Audubon Native Prairie Rose purple flower
Native Prairie Rose purple flower
Native Regions map for Prairie Rose
Audubon Native Prairie Rose purple flower
Native Prairie Rose purple flower
Native Regions map for Prairie Rose

Audubon® Native Prairie Rose

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Audubon® Plants for Birds: Rosa setigera

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  • 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.
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Growth Facts

  • 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.

Planting Zones

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.

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Carol Temescu
Healthy established plant, well packaged

As in title. Unfortunately, about a third of leaves got brown edges, spots even though planted in one day. Plant is fine and appears to be settling in to garden. Look forward to its growth

Hi Carol!

Thank you for your review - we love to hear that it is settling well into your garden :)

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