California Rose is a good plant for use as low shrub cover. It can spread to form a thicket that provides excellent protection for birds. When grown in shade it requires little summer water; in full sun, watering is required. California Rose does not appear to suffer mildew and rust.
This “wild rose” produces fragrant and pretty flowers from spring to late summer. Leaves are an attractive medium-dark green. Red fruits, about half-inch in diameter, appear in late summer, and are rich in Vitamin C. Jams and jellies can be made from the fruits.
Rosa californica is the scientific name. Rosa is a traditional Latin name for roses.
The center picture above and the two lower photos are of plants on More Mesa. The upper left picture was taken on Burton Mesa and the upper right in Carmel Valley.