I am pleased to introduce to you, 'Rosa acicularis'
I wish you could smell this ... it's Heavenly!
This flower was a bud two days ago, while I was releasing the ladybugs that I harvested from the inside the house.
My plant is tiny right now ... only about 6" tall. I brought it home with me as a sucker, pinched from a flowerbed at the B&B where we stayed in Denali, Alaska, last summer. At that time, I didn't know what rose it was ... I just knew that it was interesting and healthy and would make the perfect souvenir for my garden.
Photo of the rose at the B&B in Denali.
Thorny stems and lovely leaves.
I remember being amazed that this little rose could withstand the subzero temperatures of an Alaskan winter. It's a fairly short grower, not quite two feet tall, and it had suckered quite profusely.
Thorny, thorny, thorny.
Beautiful red hips.
Using my foot for perspective.
It will be interesting to see if this plant behaves the same way here in Virginia. I will have to be careful where I put it when I plant it in the garden ... placing it in a spot where it can sucker and spread without getting out of bounds.