Rosa woodsii Rosaceae
Woods' Rose, Wood Rose RO-za wood-zee-i
- Deciduous shrub, thicket forming, prostrate to upright, from 2 ft (60 cm) to 10 ft (3 m) tall; stems may be almost free to strongly armed with straight (usually) or somewhat curved (occasionally) prickles ("thorns"). Leaves alternate, pinnately compound, 5-7(11) leaflets which are ovate, elliptic or obovate in shape, margins are serrate, each leaflet is about 40 mm long and 12 mm wide (1.5 × 0.5 inch). Flower color is from white to, more often, light pink to deep rose, solitary or in two to several per cluster (cyme), 5 petals, each 1 to 2.5 cm long; the 5 sepals are persistent, from 1-2 cm long and 2-3 cm wide at the base. Fruit (hips) are red to purple to almost black, ellipsoid to subglobose in shape, and 6-15 mm wide and up to 2.0 cm long, each contains from 15 to 30 seeds (achenes).
- Sun to light shade.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 3 Native to much of western North America, from Minnesota west and northwest to Alaska and British Columbia, south to Arizona, northern Mexico and
western Texas and north to western Kansas and North Dakota. There are several subspecies or forms that are included in this distribution range.
- woodsii: after American botanist, Alphonso Wood (1810-1881).