Oct. 26, 2017

wild rose, Rosa acicularis

This wild rose is the floral emblem of Alberta. It's a plant of higher latitudes and altitudes. This was an important plant for northern Indian tribes. The hips are large, a little less dry than most other species, and were eaten fresh, dried, mixed with other things, or juiced. I've tried them and they are more tasty.
But as with all rose hips, you need to sort out the fuzz before you swallow. The leaves were used for flavor. The plant was also used for medicine, and was particularly good to the Okanagan-Colville tribe. It helped them keep away evil, spirits, ghosts, body odor, and helped bring good luck when fishing. It grows in AK, CO, CT, IA(E), ID, IL(E), KS, MA(E), ME, MI, MN, MT, ND, NH(E), NM, NY, RI, SD, VT(E), WI, WV, WY, AB, BC, MB, NB, NS, NT, ON, QC, SK, and YT. Keweenaw Co MI, 7/12/14.