The Alberta Wild Rose grows all over Alberta from north to south and even in the mountains. Producing delicate pink blooms from May to August, this bush adds a wild elegance to woods, fields & along the roadsides.
I am lucky enough to live on a farm near Edmonton, Alberta and my property comes alive each spring with the glorious Wild Rose. The following pictures were taken this past summer on my farm.
Animals love the rose hips too, it’s not unusual to find birds, squirrels, rabbits, deer, moose, and even coyotes munching on them.
Native Indians used the rose hips for bee stings, colds, blindness and diarrhea.
They are also said to provide protection from ghosts and evil spirits!
Wild Rose Facts:
- It became Alberta’s official flower in 1930
- The blooms are plentiful but small, measuring only 3-5 Cm’s wide
- Is classified as a deciduous shrub
- Grows up to 5 feet tall
- Unlike the rose bushes in your garden, its stems are completely covered with small prickles and have only the occasional typical thick rose thorn