Backyard Prairie Flower ID of the week;
Rosa palustris, Rosa palustris Marshall
Swamp rose   Rosaceae (Rose Family)

An upright native shrub that gets 6-8 ft. tall, which has numerous, bushy-branched, thorny stems; dark-green, ‘pinnately compound’ foliage and what botanists refer to as showy. It is a short-lived plant with dark and lighter pink flowers. The fruit is red, fleshy, and up to ¾ inch in diameter and benefits wildlife.

Swamp rose belongs to a family (Rosaceae), that has over 2,000 species of trees, shrubs, and herbs worldwide, including service-berries (Amelanchier), hawthorns (Crataegus), apples (Malus), plums and cherries (Prunus), and mountain-ashes (Sorbus), in addition to the many wild and cultivated types of roses.

Prairie Rose Wildflower Wednesday 1

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