PNW native. Small 3cm pale pink flowers are incredibly fragrant possessing a sweet spicy perfume rivaling any modern or antique cultivar. Everything about this rose is small from its delicate well formed leaves and thin stems reaching 2-3m in height in shade and 1m in full sun. Fine prickles clothe older wood. Grows well under open Douglas fir stands and mixed forest. Brilliant red 1-2cm oval to vase shaped hips in fall. Drought tolerant when established. No diseases. Deer resistant. Plant near a well used pathway so you won’t miss its heady fragrance during its month long bloom in May.
- Seed Count: 20-25
- Collection Date: Sept 2020
- Hardiness Zone: 6-9
- Height and Width 1-3m x 1m
- Germination test type: hand sort
- Family: Rosaceae
How to germinate Rosa gymnocarpa seeds:
Soak seed 24 hours in warm water. Place seed in a baggie with moist sterile medium and warm stratify (keep warm at 20 C) for 30-60 days. Sow 6 mm deep, tamp soil. Keep moist, mulch and cold stratify for 90-120 days. Another method is to soak seed 24 hours, sow 6 mm deep, tamp soil, keep moist and wait 6-18 months from fall/winter sowing. Keep seedlings in the shade as intense light/sun is lethal. Seed might take 2 years to germinate so sow thinly so first year’s generation of seedlings won’t overcrowd the second generation.