Wild rose (Rosa spp.)

Wild rose photograph; ? MN DNR, G. N. Rysgaard Wild rose photograph; ? MN DNR

There are two species of this tall distinctive shrub commonly found in forest openings and along roads. Found in prairies and prefers sandy soils in jackpine, oak and conifer forests. In June, the flowers are a pale shade of pink, with five petals, and a yellow center. The stems may reach six feet in height. The skin of the wild rose hip is edible and is an excellent source of vitamin C.