Rosa carolina L.
Family: Rosaceae
Carolina rose, pasture rose
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Etymology: Rosa: ancient Latin name whose meaning has been lost
Plants: erect, perennial, 1/2'-4' tall, clone-forming shrub usually unbranched or with only a few branches; stems with straight, slender, rounded thorns near the nodes
Leaves: pinnately-divided with 3-7 oblong to rounded, coarsely toothed leaflets
Flowers: white to pink, 5-parted, 1 1/2"-2 1/3" wide, on this year's stems, the sepals deciduous; flowers solitary; blooms June-July
Fruits: red, smooth, berry-like hips
Habitat: full sun; dry to moderate moisture; upland woods, prairies, inland sands, roadsides; in sandy, loamy soil
Conservation Status: Native