Rosa setigera, otherwise known as the Cherokee rose or Prairie rose is the only climbing rose native to North America. Its range is from Canada to Texas, as far west as Nebraska and Kansas. I bought my plant at Nasami Farm in Whately last year. My rose collection was calling out for a native American rose. I was told that although this is listed as a climber most people let it just grow into a mounded tangle.
I didn’t really know what this rose would look like, but the foliage was quite different from the usual rose foliage.
This spring the rugosas started blooming in early June and the other varieties followed. We had a good show for the Annual Rose Viewing the last Sunday in June. But no Cherokee rose. I wondered if I had watered it enough; it is in quite a dry spot. Then when I finally got my feet under me after my return from Buffalo, there it was, in full graceful bloom. The single blossoms in shades of pink are about two inches across on arching branches. I don’t know if this late bloom date is typical, or another manifestation of all the odd weather this year.