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Rosa laevigata

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Cherokee Rose is a member of the Rosa family. Its botanical name is Rosa laevigata. The scientific name epithet laevigata means 'smooth'.

Winter hardy climbing rose. It is best grown in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained loams in full sun. Can be grown in light shade, but best disease resistance and most flowers generally occur in full sun.1 Flowers are followed by large, bristly orange-red hips (to 2” long).

Blooms normally display as a colour very similar to   Antique white. When mature, they grow to 10.0 cm (3.9 inches imperial) in diameter. The mature flowers take a single form, with an approximate petal count of 5.

It is a flower / ornamental that typically grows as a deciduous, which is defined as a plant that sheds its leaves annually.

Keep in mind when planning your garden that Cherokee Rose is known for growing to a viny habit.

This plant is a great attractor for butterflies, so if you are looking to attract wildlife Cherokee Rose is a great choice.

China is believed to be where Cherokee Rose originates from.

Cherokee Rose tends to need a moderate amount of maintenance, so ensuring that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant is quite important to ensure you have a happy and healthy plant.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Cherokee Rose have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Cherokee Rose

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Prune as needed in late winter. Place and prune for good air circulation to help control diseases and promote vigorous and healthy growth.1

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 7 - Zone 9 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant.

See our list of companion Plants for Cherokee Rose to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

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Cherokee Rose Folklore & Trivia

Retold by Barbara Shining Woman Warren
In the latter half of 1838, Cherokee People who had not voluntarily moved west earlier were forced to leave their homes in the East.

The trail to the West was long and treacherous and many were dying along the way. The People’s hearts were heavy with sadness and their tears mingled with the dust of the trail.

The Elders knew that the survival of the children depended upon the strength of the women. One evening around the campfire, the Elders called upon Heaven Dweller, ga lv la di e hi. They told Him of the People’s suffering and tears. They were afraid the children would not survive to rebuild the Cherokee Nation.

Gal v la di e hi spoke to them, “To let you know how much I care, I will give you a sign. In the morning, tell the women to look back along the trail. Where their tears have fallen, I will cause to grow a plant that will have seven leaves for the seven clans of the Cherokee. Amidst the plant will be a delicate white rose with five petals. In the center of the blossom will be a pile of gold to remind the Cherokee of the white man’s greed for the gold found on the Cherokee homeland. This plant will be sturdy and strong with stickers on all the stems. It will defy anything which tries to destroy it.”

The next morning the Elders told the women to look back down the trail. A plant was growing fast and covering the trail where they had walked. As the women watched, blossoms formed and slowly opened. They forgot their sadness. Like the plant the women began to feel strong and beautiful. As the plant protected its blossoms, they knew they would have the courage and determination to protect their children who would begin a new Nation in the West.

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