Jun. 13, 2019

Nootka rose, Rosa nutkana

Nootka rose is named for an Indian tribe on Vancouver Island. Now we think of roses as ornaments. In the past they had many roles in cultures around the world. The uses of roses are a window into life in past times. The Native American Ethnobotany site lists 84 entries for Nootka rose. For example, the roots of this were used by the Cowichan to make fishing nets. Okanagan-Coville doctors used the branches to sweep spirits out of graves before burial. Many cultures around the world ate the fruit, even if it is fuzzy inside and kind of tasteless. The Keres rubbed crushed petals on children's bodies to prevent smallpox. Now there's a horrible window. How can roses ever be just an ornament again? Nootka rose grows in AK, CA, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY, and BC. Ouray Co CO, 6/21/13.