In the midst of the invasive multi flora roses in our field, there are also two spectacular prairie rosebushes. My favorite Missouri wildflower! They are doing all right too even without the rain we need.
After I shared the pictures on Facebook, a botanist friend let me know the following:
“…thought I’d share the happy news that there are TWO native, common, pretty, pink rose species to compete with Multiflora! Rosa setigera and Rosa carolina. There are other less common ones too, like Rosa palustris in wetlands. AND, maybe you’ve heard about the Rose Rosette Disease, a native pathogen that’s taking a serious toll on Multiflora Rose, yay! There are some other helpful ways to tell them apart too. R. setigera has hairs on the undersurface of the leaf and R. carolina doesn’t. Also R. setigera has mostly trifoliate leaves (3 leaflets per leaf) and R. carolina has mostly 5 leaflets per leaf. And their prickles (thorns) are different.”
She also suggested exploring the Missouri Plants website.
Rosa Carolina is “pasture rose,” apparently, a shrub, which must be what we have in the field. The other is the climber that I see in the ditches and along fencerows. The two in the field are HUGE! Biggest ones I’ve ever seen, I think.
I also finally found some elderberry growing wild by the road this week too! It is just starting to bloom and smelled awesome (there appears to be very little around here, but I did find one nice big one by the roadside).