You can positively identify the Sweetbrier by the delightful, aromatic fragrance of its leaves. It is a slender growing species, very common everywhere in dry, rocky pastures and waste places during June and July. This is the exalted Eglantine of Chaucer, Spenser and Shakespeare. The gracefully arching branches are very leafy, and are armed with many stout and strongly hooked or recurved prickles. It grows from four to six feet long. The leaves are compounded of from five to seven very small, rather thick, oval or oblong and sharp, double - toothed leaflets, which are densely covered on the underside with tiny, dark, sticky glands, and these exhale the pleasing perfume. The leaf-stems clasp the stalk with a pair of narrow, pointed wings or stipules. The small, creamy-pink flowers are generously clustered along the main stalk. They have five curving, heart-shaped petals, and numerous curving, yellowish stamens. The bright red fruit is oval in shape and endures throughout the winter. Each of the five long, narrow, spreading sepals is notched into several tips. The Sweetbrier ranges from Nova Scotia to Ontario, Tennessee and Virginia.