Woods' Rose

Scientific Name:

Rosa woodsii

Type:

Shrub

Habitat:

Riparian, wetlands, forests, and grasslands

Range:

Western North America

Status:

No listed status

This species is

NATIVE

to the Truckee Meadows.

Identification:

Woods' roses, a species of wild rose, vary in both color and size. These shrubs grow to around 5 feet tall and bloom from June until August. Once the flowers are pollinated, they produce red fruit called “hips” that last through the winter.

Fast Facts:

  • Rose hips are rich in vitamins, especially vitamin C, and can be used to make tea and jellies. Besides humans, rose hips are also a favorite food for northern mockingbirds. But be careful: rose hips contain small abrasive hairs that should be removed prior to using in recipes.

  • Roses are astringent, and can be used to tighten and tone the skin, which is why rose water is often sold as toners in stores.

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Last Updated:

May 12, 2021, 11:05:12 PM