Rosa carolina

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Rosa carolina
Pasture Rose, flowers and leaves.jpg
flowers and leaves

Secure (NatureServe)[1]
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Rosa
R. carolina
Binomial name
Rosa carolina

Rosa carolina, commonly known as the Carolina rose,[2] pasture rose, or low rose, is a shrub in the rose family native to eastern North America, where it can be found in nearly all US states and Canadian provinces east of the Great Plains.

It is common throughout its range and can be found in a wide variety of open habitats, from thickets and open woods to roadsides and along railroads.

It is a larval host of many moths and butterflies, including the variable carpet moth, the apple sphinx moth, Notocelia purpurissatana [3], and Coptotriche admirabilis.


Painting of the Carolina rose by Mary E. Eaton from a 1917 issue of National Geographic

The stems have straight, needle-like thorns, which distinguishes it from very similar species such as R. palustris and R. virginiana, which have curved thorns. The fragrant flowers emerge in early summer and are light pink in color.[1]


  1. ^ a b NatureServe (2006), "Rosa carolina", NatureServe Explorer: An online encyclopedia of life, Version 6.1., Arlington, Virginia, retrieved 2007-06-13
  2. ^ "Rosa carolina". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
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