Rosa sp.
  • LEAVES: alternate, deciduous, compound; see notes below
  • FLOWER: solitary, showy, 5 petals, many yellow stamens; flowers during late spring through summer
  • FRUIT: conspicuous hips, often bristlely
  • TWIGS: with prickles
  • BARK:
  • FORM: mounded shrub or climbing, vine-like shrub
  • HABITAT: roadsides, forest margins
  • WETLAND DESIGNATION: Varies by species in the Atlantic and Gulf Coast Plain Region
  • RANGE: native and exoctic species
  • USES: ornamental; tea (high in vitamin C); wildlife food (hips); cover
  • Best Recognition Features:
    1. stems with prickles
    2. conspicous flowers, 5 petals, numerous yellow stamens
    3. thicket-forming shrubs, and climbing shrubs

    Common roses:
    Cherokee rose (Rosa laevigata): from China; leaves are 3-foliate; high climbing shrub; white flowers

    Chickasaw rose (Rosa bracteata): from China; forms clumps to 6' tall; 5-9 minutely-toothed leaflets; white flowers