Rosa arkansana (Prairie Rose) - photos and description







General: A low growing shrub with very prickly stems, its bristles not broad or flattened at their base.

Flowers: Flowers few, white to pink, sometimes white with pink stripes. Flowers very fragrant.  We measured flowers to 6 cm diameter. Bracts under the flowers are glandular hairy, and sticky to touch.

Leaves: Leaves alternate, pinnate, leaflets 7 to 11, leaflets obovate. We measured a leaflet at 25 mm long and 14 mm wide. A few very short hairs on leaf tops, leaf bottoms puberulent, margins ciliate. Stipules glandular hairy.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 30 cm, we measured plants to 41 cm tall. 

Habitat: Hillsides and prairie.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Photos were taken on June 26th, prairie roadside, about 100 km south west of Regina, SK, and July 9th prairie roadside, about 70 km southeast of our home in Regina, SK.