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Description
 

Common Names:  Prairie Wild Rose, Sunshine Rose, Pasture Rose

Height: 1-3 feet
Roots can grow to more than 20 feet below ground
Petals of 5 flowers are about 2 inches wide

7-11 leaflets toothed on the upper half; leaves are medium green

Petal Color: varies from pink to white; rarely deep rose

Bloom:  May-September

Exposure:  sun to partial sun

Companions:  Indian grass, Switch grass, Little Blue Stem, Black-eyed Susan, Northern Bedstraw and Bush Clover

Rose hips remain on the plant throughout the winter season.

Low Prairie Rose is an example of a shrub that has adapted to the regular occurrences of fire and heavy grazing on the prairies.

Attracts:  Bumblebees and butterflies.  Birds fee on hips in winter that aids in seed dispersal.  The rose hips are also eaten by deer, antelope, elk, sheep, sharp-tailed grouse, prairie chicken, pheasants and various songbirds.  Small mammals like skunks, rabbits, squirrels, and other various rodents, eat the fruits, stems and foilage of the Prairie Rose.

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