clustered wild rose
Habit: this delicate rose grows with slender black stems having few prickles. The leaves are pinnately compound with 5-7 toothed leaflets. The small fragrant flowers are light to vivid pink and in clusters of 2-10 blooming at the tips of young stems. The round and glabrous fruit is a dark red to purple hip with withered sepals. Hips persist through the winter. Clustered wild rose blooms from May to July.
Ecology: found in the Pacific Northwest and into Idaho growing in moist, shady habitats, riparian zones, coastal meadows, and moist shady forests. Common on the west side of the Cascades and in the Columbia River Gorge at elevations between 100-6800 ft (30-2100 m).
Growing Conditions: full sun to partial shade, in well drained moist to wet or semi dry soil.
Good choice for wildlife, larger mammals browse the foliage, and birds enjoy eating the hips in fall and into winter. Clustered wild rose is said to be good for sheep to browse on.
3-6 ft (1-1.8 m)
1.5-3 ft (0.5-1 m)