Carolina Rose

carolina rose

Rosa carolina 

Plant Characteristics:

  • Duration: perennial 
  • Habit: shrub 
  • Size class: 1-3ft
  • Native Habitat: Dry prairies; disturbed areas; sandy, open woods; thickets; roadsides 
  • Bloom time: May-June

Growing Conditions 

  • Light:
    • Sun, partial shade
  • Soil:
    • Moisture: dry, moist, wet
    • Soil pH: Acidic 
    • CaCO3 Tol: Low 
    • Description: Rocky or sandy, well-drained soils
  • Water use: 
    • Low
  • Condition comments:
    • Though one of the most shade-tolerant roses, this species grows best in open, sunny locations. It is susceptible to fungal problems


  • Conspicuous flowers 
  • Fragrance 
  • Attracts birds 
  • Specific value to native bees and bumblebees 
  • Provides nesting material for bees


  • Bad pricks and thorns