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Rosa carolina

Rosa carolina L.

 

Pasture Rose, Wild Rose, Carolina Rose, Low Rose

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderRosalesRose family and eight others
FamilyRosaceaeIncludes apples, apricots, plums, cherries, peaches, pears, raspberries, strawberries, almonds, roses, meadowsweets, photinias, firethorns, rowans, and hawthorns; many others
GenusRosaFrom a Latin name so old its meaning is no longer known
Speciescarolina“From the Carolinas”

About plant names...

Pasture rose is native to most of North America.

Identification: Pasture rose is a low shrub, 12-36" (30-91 cm) high that prefers drier ground. It may be erect or sprawl over other plants. Stems have straight, needlelike, relatively slender thorns, vs. the stronger curved thorns on many roses. Leaves occur in clusters of five or seven, with a single leaf at the end of each branch. They are ovate (oval, with pointed ends), and serrated. Leaf undersides are bluish and hairless, or with only a few hairs. Flowers are almost always solitary. They are pink (rarely white) with yellow centers, with five petals, and about ¾-1½" (1.9-3.8 cm) in diameter. They have the fragrance of roses. Fruits, called “rose hips,” are smooth, red, shiny globes, sometimes somewhat flattened, about ¼-⅜" (8-12 mm) around.

See our wild rose comparison guide for further information.

Online References:

Rosa carolina on Carolina Nature, from Will Cook

Rosa carolina at Illinois Wildflowers

Rosa carolina on Missouriplants.com

Rosa carolina on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

Rosa carolina at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Rosa carolina at the University of Wisconsin's Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium

References:

Newcomb, Lawrence, Morrison, Gordon (Illus.), Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, Little, Brown and Company, 1977, p. 316

Rosa carolina (Pasture Rose, Wild Rose, Carolina Rose, Low Rose)

9/29/2013 · Compass Harbor, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 13 cm) ID is uncertain

Rosa carolina (Pasture Rose, Wild Rose, Carolina Rose, Low Rose)

6/26/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 6 × 7" (15 × 18 cm)

Rosa carolina (Pasture Rose, Wild Rose, Carolina Rose, Low Rose)

9/29/2013 · Compass Harbor, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 8 × 5" (20 × 13 cm) ID is uncertain

Rosa carolina (Pasture Rose, Wild Rose, Carolina Rose, Low Rose)

9/18/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 5 × 3½" (13 × 9.2 cm) ID is uncertain

Rosa carolina (Pasture Rose, Wild Rose, Carolina Rose, Low Rose)

6/26/2012 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Dunstable, Dunstable, MA
≈ 5 × 3½" (13 × 9.2 cm)

Rosa carolina (Pasture Rose, Wild Rose, Carolina Rose, Low Rose)

6/20/2010 · Stan and Connie Kent, Falmouth, ME · By Constance B. Kent

Rosa carolina description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 7 Jul 2017.

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Rosa carolina (Pasture Rose, Wild Rose, Carolina Rose, Low Rose)

7/15/2012 · Fort Point State Park, Stockton Springs, ME
≈ 24 × 16" (62 × 41 cm) ID is uncertain

Rosa carolina (Pasture Rose, Wild Rose, Carolina Rose, Low Rose)

6/20/2010 · Stan and Connie Kent, Falmouth, ME · By Constance B. Kent

Rosa carolina (Pasture Rose, Wild Rose, Carolina Rose, Low Rose)

7/15/2012 · Fort Point State Park, Stockton Springs, ME
≈ 9 × 6" (23 × 15 cm) ID is uncertain

Rosa carolina (Pasture Rose, Wild Rose, Carolina Rose, Low Rose)

6/20/2010 · Stan and Connie Kent, Falmouth, ME · By Constance B. Kent

Rosa carolina (Pasture Rose, Wild Rose, Carolina Rose, Low Rose)

6/26/2012 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Dunstable, Dunstable, MA
≈ 9 × 6" (23 × 16 cm)

Rosa carolina (Pasture Rose, Wild Rose, Carolina Rose, Low Rose)

7/6/2017 · Mt. Watatic, access road, Ashby, MA
≈ 8 × 5" (20 × 13 cm)

Rosa carolina (Pasture Rose, Wild Rose, Carolina Rose, Low Rose)

6/15/2012 · Townsend State Forest, Townsend, MA
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm)

Rosa carolina (Pasture Rose, Wild Rose, Carolina Rose, Low Rose)

7/6/2017 · Mt. Watatic, access road, Ashby, MA
≈ 7 × 4½" (18 × 12 cm)

Rosa carolina (Pasture Rose, Wild Rose, Carolina Rose, Low Rose)

6/26/2012 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Dunstable, Dunstable, MA
≈ 5 × 3½" (13 × 9.2 cm)

Rosa carolina (Pasture Rose, Wild Rose, Carolina Rose, Low Rose)

9/18/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 9 × 6" (22 × 14 cm) ID is uncertain

Range: Zones 4-9:

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