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Rosa californica - California Wild Rose

Rosa californica grows in the oak woodland, North exposures where there is some significant seasonal moisture and in full sun if it is almost swampy. Rosa californica spreads by underground runners and roots when it hits the ground. Rosa california can make a spiny thicket 4 feet tall and as wide as the California Wild Rose can find adequate moisture. Rosa californica is quite drought tolerant, but will lose its leaves if stressed. The late Spring flowers of Rosa californica are intensely fragrant. Rosa californica is Winter hardy to zone 5. Rosa californica is alarval food for the Mourning Cloak Butterfly and the Western Tussock Moth.

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Rosa californica, California Wild Rose