Prairie Wild Rose

Larry Trupp

Winnipeg, Canada

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Captured last summer at FortWhyte Alive, our Nature Center, on the southwest edge of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Canon XTi, w 55mm Lens, AV 10.0, Shutter speed 1/500, ISO 400.

Prairie Rose, Rosa arkansana Porter, of the Rose family; Flowers – pink to white, rarely deep rose, has five petals. They are 3-7 cm (11/2 to 21/2 inches) in diameter, in clusters of two to three blooms, at the top of this year’s branches, and often on last years side branches, sepals persistent.

Flowering June-August.Fruit – red or purple, smooth, berry like hips, 12 mm (1/2 inch) wide, bright red when ripe and contains many seeds.Leaves – alternate, decidous, odd pinnate with five to nine leaflets elliptical to elliptic-ovate, 1/4 cm (3/8 to 15/8 inches) long, 5-30mm (3/16 to 11/8 inch) wide, double serrate, teeth gland tipped, otherwise glabrous.

Growing Patterns – Erect perennial, under 100 cm (40 inches) tall shrub, forming clones, stems densely prickly on most of the stem and internodes, thorns straight and unequal.

Growth Environment – open prairies, woodland margin, in sunny roadsides, railroad right of way, field edges pastures and undisturbed areas.

Info gleaned from the book Wild Flowers of Manitoba by Ben W. Holyk.

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