Rosa blanda Aiton
Family: Rosaceae
early wild rose, meadow roae, smooth rose, wild rose
[Rosa blanda f. alba Aiton,  more...]
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Kenneth J. Sytsma  
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Etymology: Rosa: ancient Latin name whose meaning has been lost
Plants: erect, perennial, 3'-4' tall, clone-forming shrub; stems mostly without thorns or with thin thorns only at the bottom internodes
Leaves: pinnately-divided with 5 or 7 oblong, coarsely-toothed leaflets
Flowers: white to pink, 5-parted, 1 1/2"- 2 1/3" wide, only on last year's side branches, the sepals persistent; inflorescence either solitary or a wide cluster (corymb) of stalked flowers; blooms June-July
Fruits: red, smooth, berry-like hips
Habitat: full to partial sun; dry to moderate moisture; woods, hills, prairies, dunes; in sandy, loamy soil
Conservation Status: Native
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