Nov. 29, 2017


This individual multiflora rose has just a touch of pink.  A few are entirely pink, the results of horticulture or hybridization.  They can be very attractive.  But they're all nasty too.  To quote Lewis, Etter, and Bruno in FNA, "The species invaded pastures, degraded forage quality, reduced grazing area and agricultural productivity, and was widely reported as a noxious weed, causing, for example, severe eye and skin irritation in cattle".  The invasive removal knights often ended up scratching where they're wounded.  Can I say the dormant seeds of our native flora awake to reward them?  Or is that too too flowery?