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This is the classic Wild Rose. A prickly-stemmed native shrub, its pink and white, five-petaled
flowers are a feature of western prairies and meadows. Very drought tolerant, in the autumn its bright red rose hips (seed pods) provide food for birds
well into the winter.
Rosa arkansana does spread by rhizomes so be sure to give it plenty of room!
Attracts Butterflies & Songbirds!
Makes Great Cut Flowers!
Cold, moist stratification. Double dormancy. Mix seed with a moist but not wet, seed starting mix. Put this in a labelled, sealed plastic bag and store
in a refrigerator for one day. The next day place this in the freezer for one day. Repeat this for one week, alternating between the fridge and the freezer.
Remove and store at room temperature for 8 weeks. Then put back into the refrigerator for one day. The next day place this in the freezer for one day.
Repeat this for one week, alternating between the fridge and the freezer. After stratifying, plant seed 6 mm (1/4 inch) deep in pots. Keep moist but not soggy
and very warm (21 C - 70 F). When seedlings are 5 cm (2 inches) tall, transplant into the garden spaced 30 cm (1 foot) apart.
Double dormancy. Plant seed 6 mm (1/4 inch) deep in a prepared seed bed in late fall. Seed will germinate after experiencing two winters.