Plant identification

Dee W
by Dee W
Please help me identify this plant. It is prickly and very spindly. Receives morning light and has never flowered before this year. Normally I prune it back every fall but did not do it this past year and am wondering if that is why it has flowers.
plant identification, flowers, gardening, has sharp thorn like growths
has sharp thorn-like growths
plant identification, flowers, gardening, flower is small white and grows far out on the branches not near the main body
flower is small, white and grows far out on the branches, not near the main body
  22 answers
  • Maureen O'Donovan Maureen O'Donovan on Jun 09, 2013
    Looks like a rose. Have you ever had a rose in this spot that you thought never made it? Could be from the root stalk of a rose that had been grafted that had died earlier.

  • Gayle Valverde Gayle Valverde on Jun 09, 2013
    I agree...try feeding it with a rose food and cut off any growth that looks like a sucker stem. :)

  • Dee W Dee W on Jun 09, 2013
    I need a clarification about a response Could it be "wild rose?" I have never bought roses and yet these 2 bushes are planted like I had done it. Maybe they were mislabeled when I bought them, been about 5 years already so I don't even know what I thought they should have been. What is a sucker stem?

  • Debbie Gates Debbie Gates on Jun 09, 2013
    I think this may be a Dog Rose. Here's a link for it:

  • Gayle Valverde Gayle Valverde on Jun 09, 2013
    It's growth outside of the root's a Utube video link for you. :)

  • Dee W Dee W on Jun 09, 2013
    Thank-you @Gayle Valverde for the link-it is very informative and I can see how this will neaten up the plant more than what I have been doing. I would like to move these plants, would it be best to wait until fall?

  • Gayle Valverde Gayle Valverde on Jun 09, 2013
    I think so,but just did some research & here's what I got: "Move them in the autumn when the ground is damp and frost free. First prepare you new planting hole making it about 12 to 15 inches deep. You can put some well rotted compost or manure and some straw in the hole and dig it in a little. Cut the roses to be transplanted back to about 2 to 4 ft depending on the plant. You will need to put your spade right in about a foot or more away from the plant stem all the way round before prizing out the plant. Shake off some of the soil so you can see the roots. Tidy up them up if you see any dead stringy bits. Now put the plant in the new hole and leave any graft mark on the stem above the ground - that is, plant it about the same depth as before." I only have 4 foot tree roses and was forced to move 6 of them this last February...I lost one already & one will probably not make it. It was 108 degrees here yesterday, but 4 are doing well so far...LOL

  • Lawn Pro Lawn Pro on Jun 10, 2013
    it is a rose,after they bloom,and white has turned brown dead head them. (remove spent petals)

  • Pam Perkins Zirbel Pam Perkins Zirbel on Jun 10, 2013
    Funny..I moved into my hubbies house in 2004 and never planted roses either...but I also have these roses!!! Tiny white flowers...there are about 4 of these in our garden against the house. I thought weird too as I didnt plant mine either, but I knew they were roses, just not sure what kind Dog roses, need to watch the video that Debbie Gates' had posted! Thanks for your post Dee and thanks for everyone elses' response!! Good luck!!

  • Pam Perkins Zirbel Pam Perkins Zirbel on Jun 10, 2013
    Well...just looked at the dog rose site and mine arent like that. My white 'roses' are TINY...the dog rose is gorgeous !! LOL...oh well...enjoy and either move/kill or live with them!! Have a great day Dee!!! :)

  • Cindy tustin Cindy tustin on Jun 10, 2013
    This is a wild rose birds eat the seeds and deposit it,that is the reason they usually appear in shaded areas or under an electric line a fence any place the birds lite and deposit. they bloom white very short lived blooms but very fragrant also can be very invasive. I just dug out 2 they were more trouble not worth the short blooming time thorny and spread quickly. I live in the country and if not controled they will take over a pasture or a fence row.

  • Dee W Dee W on Jun 10, 2013
    Thank-you everyone for your help and advice.

  • H.C. Lawn H.C. Lawn on Jun 10, 2013
    IS it a muilty florial ROSE brought to this country for living fences for cattle

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) on Jun 10, 2013
    Cherokee Rose (Rosa laevigata) has become invasive in certain parts of the country. It is the state flower for Georgia.

  • Christy Hollier. Christy Hollier. on Jun 10, 2013
    I too got a present from the birds...but my labs dug out my flower box and it died

  • Dee W Dee W on Jun 10, 2013
    This is a plant that for me is worth keeping and cultivating. Thank-you everyone for your help in identifying and caring for them.

  • Judy Judy on Jun 10, 2013
    Is this it? We have wild roses in our yard & elsewhere in this area but ours are pink.

  • Dee W Dee W on Jun 10, 2013
    @Judy ---I can't tell for sure because the flowers look similar in several pictures. My leaves seem more yellow-green in color and jagged than any of the pictures, but I appreciate you posting another variety. Mine has also not spread so would not consider it invasive.

  • Maria Maria on Jun 10, 2013
    its a wild rose i have them growing along a pasture fence, some are pink,yellow and creamy white

  • Debby Boyle Debby Boyle on Jun 11, 2013
    It is a rose!!!!

  • Peg Peg on Jun 11, 2013
    I call them wild rambling roses, they are all over here. They'll grow big and take over if not kept trimmed. Mix them with the pink and red types, very pretty. They're in full bloom now in NY.

  • Sue Kiene Sue Kiene on May 25, 2016
    agreed, wild rose, definitely keep it trimmed.