The Garden State: Wild Roses

Over the past few days, my favorite wildflower, the Wild Rose — the Multiflora Rose — has exploded across the New Jersey landscape.

Wild Roses in NJ
Wild Roses

According to American Meadows: “The botanical term for wild rose is ‘species rose’, which means just what it says — a species that occurs naturally, with no help from man — a true wildflower. There are over 100 of these worldwide, some native to North America, many from the Orient and Europe.”

With their trademark five white petals, Wild Roses are virtually everywhere: in the middle of forests, along the sides of highways and roads, next to ponds and streams. Even if you have a blindfold on, they’re tough to miss.

Wild Rose bush

They have the most intoxicating, beguiling, and alluring aroma ever — like that of a hybrid rose, but sweeter and much much stronger. If it were a food, I would eat it. If it were a woman, I would marry it.

Here’s Claude inhaling the delicate bouquet of the bush in our side yard. The red ones (to the looker’s left) bloom about three weeks later. They’re visually more beautiful, but don’t have quite as powerful a scent as the white roses.

2 comments on “The Garden State: Wild Roses

  1. I’ve never seen wild Rose of Sharon, only cultivated. Wild rose flowers are barely the size of a quarter.

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