Prickly Wild Rose

photo by Andrew McKinlay CC BY NC

In early summer, Prickly Wild Rose shrubs (8 in-4ft) across North America are covered with fragrant saucer-like flowers. The flowers have 5 petals and vary in color from pale pink to red. By late summer, the flowers will have become rose hips. The stems are usually covered in prickles. The dark green, serrated leaflets grow in groups of 3-9.

Could it be? Common Wild Rose or Wood Rose is also native to North America, but it doesn't have prickly stems and is less common.

Did you know? The strongly scented flowers attract birds and butterflies and are very popular with bees.