[Shrubs with Compound-pinnate Leaves]

Pearhip Rose

Rosa woodsii var. ultramontana



Rose Family


Pearhip Rose is found in moist open ground and open woods in the east Columbia River Gorge.


1. Woody shrub with small 5-petaled pink flowers. The flowers are often clustered. Blooms in May.

2. Leaves with 5-7 pinnately compound leaflets. The leaflets are ovate and with toothed margins. Individual teeth may be greater than 1 mm in length.

3. Numerous tiny prickles on the stems.

4. Flowers form red seed pods (essentially similar to miniature apples) called hips. The hips and flowers are usually solitary (not in clusters)


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.

Paul Slichter