Wild rose question...

armomto3boysMay 14, 2011

Hi, I'm new to roses and the rose forums. Someone suggested I post this picture here to ask whether it's a "bad" wild rose. If so, what do I do about it? I was pleased about the find until someone suggested it could carry a virus that will kill my other roses. :(

It is growing on the edge of our woods about 100 yards or more from the house and from where I have just planted cl. Eden.

Thank you,


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Is it really pink or is that just my monitor and old eyes?

    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 2:54AM
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catsrose(VA 6)

Rosa multiflora is the host of the virus causing RRD--Rose Rosetta Disease. It is a small white rose. If yours is pink, you don't have a problem (unless it, too, has contracted the disease).

    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 8:06AM
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Your photo looks like Rosa eglanteria, a species rose which can grow wild. We have a particularly lovely thicket of it growing a few miles from me.

Here is a link that might be useful: Rosa eglanteria on HMF

    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 8:42AM
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mad_gallica(zone 5 - eastern New York)

I looks like R. carolina to me, or something like that. That would make it a real native rose, instead of a foreign introduction. Enjoy!

    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 9:21AM
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Yes, it is pink. Yay, I'm happy for good news! Thank you!!

Here is another pic that's not so "glowy"

    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 1:28PM
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I'm glad it's really pink and something you'll enjoy instead having to deal with the problems that accompany multiflora. I think multiflora is a pretty plant and bloom, but I would not hesitate to pull it out if it showed up anywhere near my house.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 3:17PM
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ingrid_vc so. CA zone 9

Le-Ann, I'm so glad your rose turned out to be not a "bad" rose after all. Nothing to worry about now!


    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 10:42PM
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nickl(Z7a NJ)

It could be a rose of the R. carolina - R. virginina complex, although those generally bloom a bit later in the season. Since these species will hybridize readily, it's hard to tell withoout seeing a live specimen.

In any event, it is not R. multiflora, so I would not worry about a virus.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2011 at 11:37AM
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