* Many varieties of prickly, bristly, arching shrubs.
* Leaves feather-compound, with
* Leaflets can be narrow, wide, thick, or thin, toothed, hairy, or comblike.
* Flowers red to pink to white, with 5 petals, fragrant, 1-4".
* Twigs and stems red or green.
* Fruits, or 'hips' fleshy.
* Height: 3-6'.
* Flowers beginning in June and continuing to blossom (with specific
variations) all summer.
* Habitat: Ranges from swamps and bogs, to woods and roadsides, to sand
dunes and rocky places.
* Range: Throughout the United States.
* Wild roses are planted for decoration and erosion control. Rose hips
are eaten by many animal species and candied and used in salads by
* "If I talk of wild roses, the English reader will fancy I
mean the pale ephemeral blossoms of our bramble hedges, but the
wild roses...might be the choicest favorites of the flower garden...They
come in all shades, from the deepest crimson to the tenderest
pink. The scent is rich and delicate; in size they exceed any
single roses I ever saw, often measuring above four inches in
-Frances Trollope, on her 1830 visit to America