Alberta’s Wild Rose


wildrose5I love our Wild Rose!

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.

wildrose1I found this bee enjoying the roses as much as I was!

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wildrose4And one more shot from within the trees…

wildrose6Besides beautifying the area they are useful too! You can use them to make perfume and rose water. Even when the blooms are gone the rose hips are used to make syrup, jelly, jams, and marmalade’s.

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

About Connor Lowry

I love flowers! I enjoy writing about them as well as gardening. Mostly I love finding new and unique flower gardening ideas I encourage you to post regularly on this blog, and send in guest blogs or ideas for new blogs as well. New and exciting blogs are always welcome I intend to post a lot of interesting facts and fun stuff about flowers, as well as info on many varieties of flowers.
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One Response to Alberta’s Wild Rose

  1. Rhodiola rosea is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.3 m (1ft in). It is hardy to zone 1 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from May to August, and the seeds ripen from Jul to August. The flowers are dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required) and are pollinated by Bees, flies.The plant is not self-fertile.

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