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Wood's Rose Seed


Latin Name: Rosa woodsii


Family: Rosaceae

Native Range: Native to the Canadian prairies

Seed Source: Seed block, near Indian Head Saskatchewan.

Height and Spread: 1m x 1m (25 years)

Overview: Wood's rose is a small shrub suitable for agroforestry applications. The fruit is a source of Vitamin C. It has showy, pink flowers attractive to pollinators.

Fruits: Fruit is a round hip 1.2 cm in diameter, turning fleshy and bright red when mature in late August.

Average number of seeds/packet: 625


Stratification: Stratify in moist sand (10 percent moisture) for 90 days at 20°C followed by 120 days at 5°C. Acid scarification for 30 minutes can substitute for warm stratification

Ideal sowing time: Sow 0.5 cm deep, 50 seeds/meter; Greenhouse - sow 3 seeds per cell.

Sowing instructions: : Outdoors - sow 0.5 cm deep, 50 seeds/meter; Greenhouse - sow 3 seeds per cell.

Growing conditions: Wood's rose grows well on most soils except those that are excessively wet, or dry, or soils affected by high pH or salinity


Wood's rose, is used in  Ecobuffers and wildlife habitat plantings. The continuous flowering makes it attractive to pollinators. Many song and game birds utilize this shrub for food and habitat.