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Products > Rosa californica 'Elsie'
Rosa californica 'Elsie' - California Rose

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Rosaceae (Roses)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 4-8 feet
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
Rosa californica 'Elsie' (California Rose) - Rosa californica, the California Wild Rose, is an attractive native California shrub that can eventually form large spiny thickets to 4-8 feet tall from suckering roots. It has compound dark green leaves (to 7 leaflets) and beautiful 1 1/2 wide fragrant bright pink flowers that open from long pointed buds. Flowering commences here in late April and continues on through mid-summer. In the cooler bay area blooming can begin as late as June. Flowering is followed by bright red hips to 1/2 inch in diameter. In fall there are often both flowers and hips on display. Although native to cool shaded canyons this plant thrives and blooms better in full sun when given adequate water. Can be also very useful in dry light shade where it requires little to no supplemental irrigation. Hardy to below 0F and useful in USDA zones 5-10. Californica Rose seems immune to mildew and rust, diseases that plague cultivated roses and an established clump is dense and nearly impenetrable, which makes it a great choice for a screening hedge or barrier planting. To keep plant in a limited space, consider using a root barrier to contain lateral spread. Plantings can be rejuvenated by cutting to the ground in late summer or fall. The species grows throughout the Western United States and is quite variable; our selection was collected by Gene Leisch from wild stands near Mono Debris Dam in the Santa Barbara foothills where it is found in association with poison oak and coast live oak. It was noted for its nice flower color and fragrance and a long bloom period. The name 'Elsie' honors Gene's mother.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Rosa californica 'Elsie'.