Sunday, June 1, 2008

Wild Rose

The Nootka Rose, Rosa nutkana, is a shrub native to the Pacific Northwest. It grows in moist, sunny sites at relatively low elevations. It has pink, five-petalled flowers and forms hips that can persist through the winter.

Although it looks sweet and unassuming, it is an aggressive spreader. I once planted one in a garden. By the next year, it was the garden. Don't be fooled - these pink plants are pushy.


Cicero Sings said...

Tell me about it!!! ... though we have more of the R. acicularis here.

Hugh said...

They seem very similar plants morphologically and ecologically, although R. acicularis - a plant I don't know first-hand but have just read about in Plants of the Southern Interior by Parish, Coupe and Lloyd, is much pricklier.

Thanks as always for showing me more of this province.

Chrisss said...

I've been seeing a lot of this around my area. Didn't realize it was so invasive.

Hugh said...

I don't think it is considered invasive, in part because it is a native, but also because it has a relatively narrow set of ecological requirements. However, given the right circumstances, it takes off like an untended raspberry patch.