Virginia rose (Rosa virginiana)

$ 4.25

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Sun/part shade.
Dry sandy or gravelly meadows and roadsides.
Maine native.

In midsummer lovely pink single flowers with yellow centers cover this mounding shrub attracting many species of bees. Foliage is dark green and shiny. In the fall, red fruits provide beauty and food for overwinter animals. Hips make a nice tea high in vitamin C. A great tough plant for the side of a road, driveway, or hedge. Looks lovely mixed with other tough shrubs such as bayberry, meadowsweet and sweetfern. Can be cut back to the ground every spring to keep low or if damaged by snowplow. Increases in size by underground stem so not good for a small garden though it does well in a large pot or planter. Deer-resistant. 3-4'

30 seeds per package.

Germination code: B
Each seed package carries a specific germination code along with the plant description. These codes indicate specific sowing instructions. "B" seeds need a winter or cold period to germinate. Sow outdoors in fall or winter. 

Each seed package carries a specific germination code along with the plant description. These codes indicate specific sowing instructions.

  • A Seeds can be sown outdoors in fall or early spring.
  • B Seeds need a winter or cold period to germinate. Sow outdoors in fall or winter.
  • C Seeds need light to germinate; sow on soil surface and leave uncovered.
  • D Seeds need alternating cycles of warm-to-cold-to-warm to germinate. They can be sown either outdoors in spring or summer and will germinate the following year or in a flat in a warm place for 3 months, then moved to a refrigerator for 2 months, then moved outside in the early summer warmth.
  • E Seeds can not be allowed to dry out. Sow immediately.
  • F Seeds take two years to germinate. Sow outside in the fall or winter and look for germination in the second spring. A shady location prevents the flats from rapid drying and reduces weeding
  • G Large seeds should be soaked overnight in water.
  • FERN: Sow spores in a warm bright location in a sealed container and keep moist. Directions enclosed with package. Challenging.

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All seeds can be sown and placed outdoors in fall or winter bypassing the need for an artificial indoor cold stratification (refrigerator) required for some species when planted in spring. This is the simplest method. See How to Grow Natives From Seed for detailed instructions.