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Rosa virginiana

Rosa virginiana Mill.

 

Virginia Rose, Common Wild Rose, Prairie 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
Speciesvirginiana“From Virginia”

About plant names...

Virginia rose is native to eastern North America.

Identification: This rose is 4-6' (1.2-1.8 m) tall, with erect, upright stems and stout, hooked thorns that are flattened at the base. Leaves are odd pinnate—in clusters of 7 to 9 leaflets, with the odd leaflet at the end of the branch. Each leaflet is 1-1¼" (2.5-3.2 cm) long, dark green, with serrations that point forward and are coarser than those of swamp rose. Flowers are pink, solitary, 2-2½" (5-6.3 cm) around, with a yellow center. Fruits are bright red, and ¼-½" (6.3-12 mm) in diameter.

See our wild rose comparison guide for further information.

Online References:

Rosa virginiana at the Island Creek Elementary School's Study of Northern Virginia Ecology

Rosa virginiana at the University of Connecticut Plant Database

Rosa virginiana on the USDA Plants Database

Rosa virginiana at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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

Rosa virginiana on the Connecticut Botanical Society's Connecticut wildflowers site

Rosa virginiana (Virginia Rose, Common Wild Rose, Prairie Rose)

9/20/2009 · Wild Gardens of Acadia, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 21 × 14" (52 × 34 cm)

Rosa virginiana description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 2 Oct 2013.

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Rosa virginiana (Virginia Rose, Common Wild Rose, Prairie Rose)

9/28/2013 · Wild Gardens of Acadia, Acadia Naitonal Park, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 7 × 4½" (18 × 12 cm)

Rosa virginiana (Virginia Rose, Common Wild Rose, Prairie Rose)

9/28/2013 · Wild Gardens of Acadia, Acadia Naitonal Park, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 8 × 6" (20 × 14 cm)

Rosa virginiana (Virginia Rose, Common Wild Rose, Prairie Rose)

4/9/2011 · Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, MD
≈ 6 × 4" (15 × 10 cm) ID is uncertain

Range: Zones 4-7:

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