Dog rose Rosa canina


Dog rose Rosa canina © Ita McCobb

Dog rose Latin name

Rosa canina

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Rosa canina Common name

Dog rose/Hedgehog rose

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Dog rose Plant family

Rosa (Rosaceae) Species roses – varieties of deciduous or semi-evergreen shrubs and scrambling climbers grown for their profusion of often fragrant flowers and the colourful Autumnal rosehips of many varieties.

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Dog rose Description

Category: Wildflowers

Form: Vigorous and dense, arching and sprawling with strongly hooked prickles

Type: Deciduous

Height: 1 to 2 metres

Spread: 1 to 2 metres

Leaves: Abundant, large wrinkly leaves of 5 oval leaflets

Flowers/berries: Large, cupped, single flowers in pink or occasionally white throughout Summer and Autumn followed by decorative red hips

Normally grown for: Their large flowers and red hips that can last well into Winter

Notes: Vulnerable to aphid attack, blackspot, powdery mildew, rose rust and sawfly.

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Dog rose Planting preferences

Hardiness: Fully hardy

Soil type: Needs fertile well-drained soil – grows well in chalk or limestone soils

Planting situation: Sun – ideal for training against a wall or other structure and to “countrify” a hedge.

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Dog rose Uses




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