Arkansas Rose

Plant Height 1-3 FT
Botanical Name Rosa arkansana
Life Cycle Perennial
Environment Full Sun
Preferred Sites Upland/Grassland
Bloom Period May-July
Flower Color Pink

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Arkansas Rose, commonly called Prairie Rose, is native to the central portion of the United States from Texas to the Great Lakes region and from New Mexico to Montana. A perennial, it inhabits upland prairies and grasslands where it receives the full sunlight that it prefers. This short growing, 1-3 feet, shrub like plant is very well adapted to many soil conditions. Once established, it is known to be drought tolerant with its deep penetrating root system. The large pink flowers, sometimes 2 inches wide or better, can be seen in bloom from May-July. The hips, or seed pods, provide an excellent source of food for birds and small mammals through the winter months and these animals help to disperse the seed.

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