Rosa arvensis, The Field Rose

Field Rose flower (Rosa arvensis)A rose of the hedgerow the Field Rose is a common sight in Southern England and Wales. North of Leeds it becomes much rarer. There are records of it as far north as Inverness in Scotland but only a few. It is a southern rose.

The flowers start to open in June. The Field Rose is white and the white buds look quite different from the buds of Rosa canina.

Field Rose buds (Rosa arvensis)Field Rose buds (Rosa arvensis)   Field Rose buds (Rosa arvensis)   Field Rose buds (Rosa arvensis)

The styles (The female parts in the very centre of the flower) entwine and form a long column. This is a key identification feature.

Field Rosestyles (Rosa arvensis) Field Rose styles (Rosa arvensis)   Field Rose styles (Rosa arvensis)   Field Rose styles (Rosa arvensis)

The long stems that scramble  through the hedge are well armed with sharp thorns.

Field Rose thorns (Rosa arvensis)The leaves of the Field Rose are oval with toothed edges.

Field Rose leaf (Rosa arvensis)The flowers go on to produce hips. These are the fruits that make Rose Hip Syrup and also provide children with an essential supply of itching powder. Inside the fruit is full of irritating little hairs.

Field Rose hips (Rosa arvensis) Field Rose hips (Rosa arvensis)   Field Rose hips (Rosa arvensis)   Field Rose hips (Rosa arvensis)

Field Rose hips (Rosa arvensis)You can also find this gall growing on Field Roses. This next picture is a link, click on it to be taken to a description of Robin’s pincushion.

Robin's Pincushion

Taxonomy:

Kingdom: Plantae

Order: Rosales

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Rosa

Species: Rosa arvensis

Field Rose flower (Rosa arvensis)

Field Rose flower (Rosa arvensis)

Field Rose flower (Rosa arvensis)

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