Oct. 25, 2017

Virginia rose, Rosa virginiana

Virginia is perhaps the most common wild rose in the East. But not in Michigan. It has only been reported from five townships here in Lenawee County. Virginia rose was the first species that I was the first to report from Michigan, back in 1985. It's normal range is east and south of Michigan, so this is probably introduced here. In any case, it has made itself at home. It is probably the most frequently cultivated of our wild roses, which would explain how it arrived. This shrub grows in dry sites in AL, AR, CT, DE, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, TN, VA, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, QC, and SPM. Lenawee Co MI, 7/6/16.