The wild and prickly rose of Al­berta

Alberta Gardener Magazine - - News - By Ta­nia Mof­fat

The prickly wild rose is syn­ony­mous with the rolling plains and moun­tain­ous re­gions of Al­berta. It’s no won­der that this beau­ti­ful and fra­grant rose is the na­tional flower of Al­berta. The prickly rose, Rosa aci­c­u­laris, was of­fi­cially adopted as the flo­ral em­blem in 1930; the choice was made by school chil­dren in a vote for the pro­vin­cial flower.

The prickly rose’s fra­grant blooms can range in colour from very pale to deep pink and be­gin to adorn the shrub in late May, last­ing un­til early Au­gust. Un­like the roses found in florist shops these wild beau­ties have sin­gle pe­tals three to five cen­time­tres in size. This de­cid­u­ous shrub can be found through­out most of Al­berta and can reach heights of five feet.

Once in bloom, its in­tox­i­cat­ing fra­grance, which is used for the man­u­fac­ture of per­fume, at­tracts bees and other in­sects to dis­trib­ute its pollen. At the end of its life cy­cle, the bloom withers and turns into a small oval-shaped seed con­tainer called a rose­hip, which is an im­por­tant food source for wildlife.

Wild rose hips are known for their high vi­ta­min C con­tent and can be used

Rosa aci­c­u­laris blos­soms.

Rosa wood­sii.

Rosa arkansana.

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