Wild roses, of genus Rosa, are those naturally occurring natives found in Northern Hemispheres around globe. Wild Roses can be found in forests, canyons, logged wastelands and thickets. They have continued to grow throughout course of history and across a range of different terrains. Most modern day roses we know are mixed offspring of these wild roses.
Wild roses have had a rich history. They played roles in Greek and Roman culture, symbolizing themes such as love and allegiance. Later they became sought after for cosmetic, medicinal and religious purposes as well. However, with beginnings of large-scale worldwide trade, rose horticulture and hybridization took root. This forever changed wild rose landscape from a relatively small number of wild roses across planet's surface to today's world with thousands-upon-thousands of rose varieties.
There are plenty of advantages to cultivating wild roses in modern-day rose gardens. Wild roses are strong, disease resistant plants, which can be grown in almost any less-than-ideal location. They are not dependent on regular fertilization and can tolerate some drought. Requiring essentially no care, wild roses are able to spread on their own, can handle being crowded and withstand transplanting at almost any time of year.
Some popular varieties of wild roses include:
An arching shrub with pink petals, rosa nutkana grows in milder climates. Though it is fairly weather-tolerant, this shrub is best cultivated in sunny and well-drained locations. Prune often as thickets grow quite quickly.