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This is as close as you can get to a "thornless" rose - any "thorns" that do occur are bristly prickles at the base
of older stems, while the new and upper stems remain smooth. Naturally occurring in prairies, meadows and open woodlands, Meadow Rose produces
showy pink flowers that have a pleasant fragrance, and are 2"–3” across with yellow centres. Rosa blanda is the host plant for the larval stage of the
Apple Sphinx Moth. The berry-like rosehip fruits it produces turn bright red in late summer and provide provide food for birds well into the winter.
Rosa blanda does spread by rhizomes so be sure to give it plenty of room!
Attracts Butterflies & Honeybees!
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.