Nearly Wild

The Nearly Wild rose is an extremely hardy and strong growing pink floribunda, although you could be forgiven for mistaking it for one of the species roses you see growing in meadows and hedgerows.

Nearly Wild roses

This pink Floribunda was first bred in 1941 by Brownell. Parentage is Dr W Van Fleet x Leuchstern.  Because of the five petals and its hardy characteristics, it was named the Nearly Wild. It’s one of the closest varieties you can get to a native rose.  It starts blooming around late May or June and goes repeatedly throughout the summer. It’s a shrub bush so it doesn’t get too high, maybe two-three feet at most, although it grows fast. It’s best setup as a border, hedge, or along a pathway.

This rose is rated from 4a to 9b. It can handle the cold weather, even down to below zero temperatures. Be aware that it’s very thorny, so consider that when gardening and with its placement. With regular watering and minor pruning this plant should do fine for you. It’s very hardy and  disease resistant.

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