Rosa californica | California Wild Rose

This California native develops into a thicket, becoming a thorny, barrier plant, excellent for wildlife habitat and as a security planting. It has other appealing features: profuse fragrant flowers, long bloom period, and orange-red hips, the seed capsules of Roses. To renew declining plantings, cut back canes severely in fall. Wear gloves and protective gear to defend yourself from the sharp, curved thorns. Canopy coverage: 79 square feet or more. Photos courtesy of Pam Pavela.

Water Requirement: moderate

Sun Exposure: partial shade

Cold Hardiness: cold hardy to -10F

Growth Rate: moderate, fast

Height: 6 feet high

Width: 10 feet wide


Foliage Color: medium green

Flower Color: white, pink

Flower Season: spring, summer

Wildlife: birds, butterflies