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Scotch Briar Rose

Rosa spinosissima
This European native is highly variable in nature and was cultivated there by 1600. It was introduced into American gardens before the eighteenth century. Scotch Briar Rose is of easy culture, producing an abundance of lovely flowers on arching branches. This rose may correspond to one Jefferson grew by the name of "Prim rose," a possible reference to the flower's resemblance to Primulas. Single yellow flowers produced abundantly on highly prickled, reddish stems. Shrubs grow to 4 feet high and spread by suckers.
Growth Type: 
Woody Shrub
Color(s): 
white, yellow
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Location at Monticello: 
East Lawn Oval Bed
Blooming History: 
2003 Apr 30 to 2003 Jun 42004 Apr 23 to 2004 May 142005 May 3 to 2005 Jun 102006 May 5 to 2006 May 242007 Apr 30 to 2007 May 292008 May 2 to 2008 Jun 62009 May 6 to 2009 Jun 12010 Apr 23 to 2010 Jun 92011 Apr 28 to 2011 May 182012 May 1 to 2012 Jun 12013 May 7 to 2013 Jun 192014 Apr 30 to 2014 Jun 152016 Apr 19 to 2016 Jun 6
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