These shiny red hips are a reminder of the ghosts of flowers past. This is Rosa carolina, a delightful rose native to North America. It's often found at the woodland edges, where it may only grow 12-18" and be a shy bloomer. In a garden situation Carolina Rose is much more robust, growing to over 4 feet in height and suckering in all directions.
Carolina rose and hungry Hoverfly
The fragrance is exquisite, a combination of traditional damask rose fragrance and lemon.
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