Wild Prairie Rose

Larry Trupp

Winnipeg, Canada

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Captured in the late evening, off one of the trails at FortWhyte Alive, our Nature Center on the southwest edge of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

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.

Camera details: Canon EOS Digital XTI, with Sigma 150mm F2.8 Apo Macro DG Lens, Aperture 9.0, Shutter Speed 1/400 ISO 200

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