Rosa virginiana Mill.
Virginia Rose, Common Wild Rose, Prairie Rose
Virginia rose is native to eastern North America.
Identification: This rose is 4-6' (1.2-1.8 m) tall, with erect, upright stems and stout, hooked thorns that are flattened at the base. Leaves are odd pinnate—in clusters of 7 to 9 leaflets, with the odd leaflet at the end of the branch. Each leaflet is 1-1¼" (2.5-3.2 cm) long, dark green, with serrations that point forward and are coarser than those of swamp rose. Flowers are pink, solitary, 2-2½" (5-6.3 cm) around, with a yellow center. Fruits are bright red, and ¼-½" (6.3-12 mm) in diameter.
See our wild rose comparison guide for further information.
Rosa virginiana at the Island Creek Elementary School's Study of Northern Virginia Ecology
Rosa virginiana at the University of Connecticut Plant Database
Rosa virginiana on the USDA Plants Database
Rosa virginiana at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Rosa virginiana on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants
Rosa virginiana on the Connecticut Botanical Society's Connecticut wildflowers site
Rosa virginiana description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 2 Oct 2013.
Range: Zones 4-7: