Rosaceae
Rosa eglanteria

Sweetbrier Rose

Rounded shrub with olive-green arching stems, often evenly spaced. Stems with many compressed and curved thorns. Leaves with 5–7 leaflets, small glands that exude a sweet fragrance when crushed. Leaflets widely oval, with rounded tips, double-toothed. Inflorescence consists of 1–8 flowers in loose cluster with shiny stalks. Flower petals about 1/2–3/4 in. long, 5 prominent sepals at base of flower have long expanded tips and stalked glands. Sepals usually fall off when hips mature. Often exhibits mossy rose galls. European native naturalized on dry, open, disturbed sites at low elevations.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 3--10 feet
  • Habitat: Meadow, Disturbed
  • Found In: Siskiyous, Olympic NP
  • Native: No