[Shrubs with Compound-pinnate Leaves]

Nootka Rose

Rosa nutkana

Nootka Rose


Rose Family


Sunny open areas, woodland edges


1. Woody shrub with many large 5-petaled pink flowers. Blooms in May.

2. Leaves with 5-7 pinnately compound leaflets.

3. Numerous prickles on the stems.

4. Flowers form red seed pods called hips.


1. Dried flower petals for scents, potpourri

2. Rose hips are high in vitamin C, may be made into jam, tea, and used as flavoring.

To the left, a rose hip, fruit of the Nootka Rose. To the right, Little Wild Rose, Rosa gymnocarpa.

Paul Slichter