PRAIRIE WILD ROSE Rosa arkansana
Wild prairie rose is the state flower of the U.S. states of Iowa and North Dakota. In Iowa, convention states the species is Rosa pratincola (currently treated as a synonym of Rosa arkansana). North Dakota, on the other hand, specifies either Rosa arkansana or Rosa blanda.
Rosa arkansana is grown as an ornamental plant, and has become naturalized in parts of Massachusetts, New York, and North Dakota.
Type: Hardy shrub
Height: 60-90 cm, 2-3 feet, 24-36"
Location: Sun or part sun
Hardiness zones: 4 and up
Seed size: Large
Safe: Considered non-toxic to children and people! This is our research, though we still suggest you confirm this yourself.
Seeds per pack: 10
Germination: As with many hardy shrubs, these seeds require a period of moist cold to help them begin to grow. This is done by giving them a cold 'winter' period (artificial or natural), and then a warming to simulate 'spring', and time to grow! Here's how this can be done:
Obtain a planting container that has holes in the bottom for excess water to drain. Place the seeds just under the surface of your growing medium, and water. Place your container in a cold area (but not freezing, perhaps a refrigerator) for 5-6 weeks. Once the cold period is completed, place the container at room temperature for them to germinate. Be sure to keep the soil moist during this entire germination period.