Latin Name: Rosa Woodsii
A staple in the Alberta wild ranges, the shrub is bushy with straight, weak prickles densely covering the branches to the tips of new growth. It will often be 25cm to 1m high.
WARNING: The centre of the rosehip contains a mass of hairy seeds that will irritate the digestive tract – do not consume. Always be sure to strain out the centre parts when cooking.
The leaves are alternate, compound and oval with 5 to 7 leaflets per stem. The dark green leaflets are 1 to 5 cm long with coarse teeth along the margins.
The wild rose flowers are bright pink with five petals that are 5 to 7cm in diameter.
The rosehip is the fruit of the plant. It is oval, bright red to orange and about 2cm long.
The rose petals, young shoots, leaves and fruit (hip) are all edible. The hips can be eaten fresh or dried for storage. Only the outer shell (flesh) of the rosehip is edible. Be sure to discard the mass of hard, hairy seeds found at the centre.
WHERE TO FIND
The plains, foothill, montane, and subalpine regions. Common in or at edges of open forests and along roadways and waterways throughout the province.