Rosa nutkana
Common name: 
Nootka Rose
Common Wild Rose
Pronunciation: 
RO-za nut-KAN-uh
Family: 
Rosaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
Yes
  • Deciduous shrub, stout and erect, about 3-6 ft (~1-2 m) tall, thicket forming; stems have few to many stiff prickles ("thorns"), small and large ones intermixed, the larger ones generally are flattened and thick-based and more or less straight.  Leaves alternate, pinnately compound, 5-10 cm long, stipule margins glandular, 5-9 leaflets, each sparsely hairy and glandular, terminal leaflet 20-40 mm long, usually widely elliptic, the base generally rounded, apex obtuse, margins single- to double-toothed and may be glandular.  Flowers commonly borne singly, 5-6 cm across, calyx lobes often leaf-like at tips, petals 2.5-4 cm long, deep pink with a slight magenta tinge (rarely white), fragrant.  Fruit showy red, globose to pear shaped, 1-2 cm wide, without a neck, calyx lobes remain attached.
  • Sun to shade.  Moist to drier soils.  
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 5      Native to much of the west, from Alaska to northern California and east to the Rocky Mountains.  Several supspecies identified.
  • nutkana: variant of Nootka, name of the Native Peoples inhabiting Vancouver Island in British Columbia and northwest Washington.
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  • plant habit, late spring

    plant habit, late spring

  • leaf

    leaf

  • leaf base (stipules) and stem (prickle)

    leaf base (stipules) and stem (prickle)

  • flower buds and flower

    flower buds and flower