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Southern Downy Rose

Rosa tomentosa

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Rosales
Family:
Rosaceae (Rose)
Type:
Deciduous shrub
Maximum Size:
3 metres tall
Habitats:
Grassland, heathland, hedgerows, moorland, scrub, woodland.

Flower:
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Pink, 5 petals
 
Pink flowers but occasionally white. The petals are notched, as with other Roses. Roses are hard to identify by flowers alone but this species is long-stalked and the similar-looking Northern Downy Rose is short-stalked. As its name implies, Northern Downy Rose is most common in the North of the UK. Pollinated by bees.
Fruit:
Red rose hips. Globular and bristly. The sepals are down-turned and fall earlier than the other UK Downy Rose species.
Leaves:
Pale or greyish-green pinnately toothed leaves. Leaf bases have stipules. The prickles on the branches are slender and very straight. Rare in Scotland, fairly frequent elsewhere in the UK.
Aroma:
The flowers are faintly fragrant.
Other Names:
Harsh Downy Rose, Whitewoolly Rose.
Frequency (UK):
Common  
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Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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