Rosa pisocarpa (Clustered Wild Rose)

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Plant Description: this delicate rose grows with slender black stems having few prickles. The leaves are pinnately compound with 5-7 toothed leaflets. The small fragrant flowers are light to vivid pink and in clusters of 2-10 blooming at the tips of young stems. The round and glabrous fruit is a dark red to purple hip with withered sepals. Hips persist through the winter. Clustered wild rose blooms from May to July.

  • Height: 3-6 ft
  • Width: 2-3 ft
  • Watering needs: Moderate
  • Sun needs: Full sun to partial shade
  • Soil needs: Well-draining, moist soil
  • Bloom Time: May-July
  • Ripening Time: Rosehips persist throughout winter
  • Portland Plant List (Backyard Habitat Certification): Yes

Landscape Use and Ecological Function:  found in the Pacific Northwest and into Idaho growing in moist, shady habitats, riparian zones, coastal meadows, and moist shady forests. Common on the west side of the Cascades and in the Columbia River Gorge at elevations between 100-6800 ft (30-2100 m).

Good choice for wildlife, larger mammals browse the foliage, and birds enjoy eating the hips in fall and into winter. Clustered wild rose is said to be good for sheep to browse on.

*2nd photo by SevenOaks Nursery*

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