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Vick, Albert F. W.
Rosa virginiana Mill.
USDA Symbol: ROVI2
The hairy stems of this bushy shrub have scattered, stout, curved thorns, pink flowers and pinnately compound leaves.
Numerous species of roses occur in a variety sites, from dry uplands to wetlands and sand dunes. Their fruit, the rose hips, is rich in vitamin C, and can be eaten, made into jams, or steeped to make rose hips tea. Another pink species, this one of wet sites, is Swamp Rose (R. palustris), which grows to 7 (2.1 m), has flowers 1 1/2-2 1/2 (3.8-6.3 cm) wide, very narrow stipules, and stout, hooked thorns. Pasture Rose (R. carolina) is a shorter shrub, not more than 3 (90 cm) tall, with pink flowers, dull green leaves, very narrow stipules, and straight thorns. It is found in dry pastures and open woods throughout most of eastern North America.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Yellow , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
, VT Canada: NB
, QC Native Distribution:
Southern Ontario to Newfoundland and Nova Scotia; south to Virginia and North Carolina; west to Alabama, Tennessee, and Missouri. Native Habitat:
Clearings, thickets, and shores.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
known as hips, contains Vitamin C and can be used to make tea and jelly. (Clough) Warning:
Plant has thorns or prickles. Conspicuous Flowers:
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Delaware Nature Society
- Hockessin, DE
Record Last Modified: 2011-01-14
Research By: TWC Staff