Prickly Rose


I recently returned from a two-week camping trip through Western Colorado. Several areas, including the Golden Gate Canyon State Park northeast of Idaho Springs, and along state route 36 between Estes Park and Lyons, are home to Prickly Rose shrubs, in addition to the many varieties of conifers, Aspen and Birch trees.

The Prickly Rose (Rosa acicularis) is a deciduous plant which grows three to nine feet in height and sports one to three-inch pink flowers with red oval-shaped hips, loaded with vitamin C.

It was the only source of Vitamin C for miners to prevent scurvy through the winter months, back in the day.

I’ve read that it is only hardy to zone 2 (parts of Alaska and Canada), but I saw it growing well in the zone 3 mountain areas of Colorado.

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