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Audubon® Carolina Rose
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A natural beauty! Forget fussy, overbred, disease-prone Hybrid Tea Roses that don’t even smell like Roses. This is a delightful native Rose that will win you over with its simple charms. Carolina Rose is a tough but elegant plant with pretty pink flowers in late spring and early summer and that classic Rose scent. The wild creatures you share your space with will appreciate Carolina Rose, too, from the bumblebees that gather its pollen to the songbirds that feast on its bright red hips. Bluebirds, mockingbirds, robins, and cardinals are some of the many birds that enjoy the late-summer fruits.
May Benefit & Attract: Thrushes, waxwings, wood warblers, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, chickadees & titmice, orioles, cardinals & grosbeaks, crows & jays, sparrows, nuthatches, vireos, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, and wrens.
Take Birds Under Your Wing
New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
Audubon® is a licensed and registered trademark of the National Audubon Society. All rights reserved.
- Hardiness Zone: 4-9
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Recommended by Our Growers
Carolina Rose is susceptible to caterpillar attacks, and that’s a good thing! Conventional wisdom holds that Roses and caterpillars don’t mix, but modern gardeners who love birds know better. They know that songbirds rely enormously on having protein-packed caterpillars in their diets, especially when raising their chicks, and they trust that the birds will do an excellent job in keeping infestations under control. Please don’t spray pesticides! Carolina Rose hosts over 100 species of moth and butterfly caterpillars, so it offers an especially diverse smorgasbord to birds. Bon appetit!
Some of the caterpillars that feed on Carolina Rose—if they don’t become a snack for birds—turn into some of our loveliest native moths. The pale beauty, wavy-lined emerald, imperial, polyphemus, io, and cecropia moths all feed on the foliage of wild Roses.
How to Grow
A hardy, reliable, adaptable Rose that survives on its own from Minnesota to Maine in the North and from Texas to Florida in the South, Carolina Rose is about as easygoing as they come. In the wild, it prefers full sun and moist, loamy soil, but it will tolerate less than ideal conditions. Be aware that this is a suckering, spreading Rose. You can control its spread with a sharp spade, but it’s much easier to just plant it where its wandering ways are not a problem. Prune lightly in early spring if needed.
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