Montana Outdoors

June 3, 2013

Without which, no summer would be complete… wild rose

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 10:36 pm

Wood's Rose

Wood's Rose

Wood’s rose, Rosa woodsii


  1. What a rich colour that bud has before it opens. Just tonight I was admiring a big bush of mini wild roses that had a diameter about the size of a nickel. And what a scent for such a tiny flower. I bet these that you’ve found had a delicate scent too.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 3, 2013 @ 10:44 pm

    • Yes, these have a delightful scent. They are fairly large, about an inch and a half in diameter, and once they start their bloom they can be seen just about everywhere in the valleys, especially near the river. They sustain the bloom for a long time too.


      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2013 @ 11:11 pm

      • I think it’s Alberta’s provincial flower – its official floral emblem since 1930 (says Wikipedia). They made a good choice.


        Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 3, 2013 @ 11:22 pm

        • I think they did too. Montana’s state flower is the bitterroot and I think that’s appropriate here, but the wild rose would have been excellent too because it is so widespread and popular.


          Comment by montucky — June 3, 2013 @ 11:50 pm

  2. Really beautiful! I haven’t seen any wild roses yet, but it shouldn’t be long.


    Comment by Jo Woolf — June 4, 2013 @ 12:11 am

    • Interesting isn’t it that they are flowers welcomed almost everywhere in the world! Talk about “star power”!


      Comment by montucky — June 4, 2013 @ 12:15 am

      • The epitome of summer, they have a real ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ quality!


        Comment by Jo Woolf — June 4, 2013 @ 1:44 am

  3. Nothing beats the wild roses beauty ! // Maria


    Comment by mariayarri — June 4, 2013 @ 3:41 am

  4. Some of my earliest memories include wild roses. That’s a beautiful shot of the open flower.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — June 4, 2013 @ 4:28 am

    • It’s a beautiful shot of the closed one too. 🙂


      Comment by jomegat — June 4, 2013 @ 5:15 am

    • Mine too. They are everywhere here now and I enjoy them so much.


      Comment by montucky — June 4, 2013 @ 6:51 pm

  5. I like these natural roses that have not been “improved” via man’s tinkering.


    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — June 4, 2013 @ 6:14 am

    • That’s a lot of why I love all wildflowers so much. They haven’t been tampered with.


      Comment by montucky — June 4, 2013 @ 7:01 pm

  6. what great photos!


    Comment by Soda Mountain — June 4, 2013 @ 8:13 am

  7. Truer words never spoken


    Comment by WildBill — June 4, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    • There are just some things we are used to and can’t do without.


      Comment by montucky — June 4, 2013 @ 7:03 pm

  8. Beautiful! 🙂


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — June 4, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

  9. I love the wild roses, what beauties they are!


    Comment by Bo Mackison (@bo_mackison) — June 4, 2013 @ 2:18 pm

  10. What beautiful color. My favorite of our few native roses is the white prairie rose, which looks similar to this one (apart from the color, of course). They are so delightful, and while I love many of the antique roses, these certainly dress up the countryside.


    Comment by shoreacres — June 4, 2013 @ 3:04 pm

    • I haven’t seen the white ones but I’ve heard much about them. I’d love to see them.


      Comment by montucky — June 4, 2013 @ 7:05 pm

  11. I have a small hedge near my vegetable garden that I believe are these … a lovely fragrance … and, oh, these are beautiful photos. I love that bud… Absolutely gorgeous. It is now my desktop background… 🙂


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — June 4, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

    • There is a veritable wall of these along the road that passes in front of my house and big banks of them down by the river. I could never see enough of them!


      Comment by montucky — June 4, 2013 @ 7:06 pm

  12. It seems really early for a wild rose… guess not in Montana! Very pretty shots.


    Comment by kcjewel — June 4, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

    • Thanks. They just began to bloom and about on their usual schedule for here at the low elevations. Up high only the springbeauties and glacier lilies are blooming.


      Comment by montucky — June 4, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

  13. I love these, too. Still waiting for them to bloom here … probably a few more weeks. It has been very rainy and cold … they need the sun to shine!


    Comment by bearyweather — June 5, 2013 @ 11:09 am

    • They do like sunny days. We had weeks of cloudy, cool weather, then when the sun came out they started blooming right away.


      Comment by montucky — June 5, 2013 @ 8:32 pm

  14. What colors! Lovely.


    Comment by Candace — June 5, 2013 @ 8:11 pm

    • They add a very cheerful look to everything when they bloom.


      Comment by montucky — June 5, 2013 @ 8:33 pm

  15. Very beautiful. In Finland we Rosa rugosa which origins are from Japan.


    Comment by Sartenada — June 6, 2013 @ 11:29 pm

    • That one has spread across much of the United States too.


      Comment by montucky — June 7, 2013 @ 8:29 pm

  16. How do you distinguish the Wood’s Rose from Prairie Rose (other than by habitat context)?


    Comment by ecoroverEcoRover — July 12, 2013 @ 6:24 pm

    • Actually, I think they are the same rose called by different common names in different places, but I don’t pretend to be an expert in identification of wild plants. My favorite reference book is “Plants of Southern Interior British Columbia and the Inland Northwest” by Parish, Coupe & Lloyd. It calls Rosa woodsi a Prairie Rose and states that it is also called Wood’s rose. If I look at the Burke Museum website, it calls Rosa woodsi a Wood’s rose or Pearhip rose, no mention of Prairie rose. USDA Plants website simply calls it Wood’s rose.


      Comment by montucky — July 12, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

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