The first few buds of the summer appear on the Prickly Rose, found on a beautiful June evening while walking in the North Saskatchewan River Valley
Devon, Alberta, Canada
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This fragrant rose is the floral emblem of Alberta. The Prickly Rose (Rosa acicularis) blooms from June to August on a prickly shrub that grows from 20 – 120 cm tall. The flowers are 5-7 across with 5 petals.
The petals can be used in pot-pourris, perfumes, oils, teas and salads. In autumn, when the scarlet rose hips have ripened, the flesh can be used to make jelly, syrup, tea and wine and are an excellent source of vitamin C.
(from Alberta Wayside Flowers- Linda Kershaw)