Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Prairie Rose: Rosa Arkansana

Prairie Rose, hike to 70 Mile Butte, Grasslands NP © SB

Imagine a roses bush so small that it's dwarfed by sage, a prairie wildflower so hardy that it can grow in sand. That's the Prairie Rose that grows in Grasslands National Park. The flower is flat, a pale pink that fades to white, and the rose hips are bright red. This very low branching shrub dies back to the ground each fall. 

Prairie Rose hips © SB 

Prairie Wildflower: Prairie Rose (Rosa Arkansana) 
Location: Grasslands National Park, on the trail up to 70 Mile Butte (the first two pictures were taken beside the Western/Rustic Eagle Butte sign
Photo Date: July 27, 2011. 

Prairie Rose with Sage © SB 

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