Pale pink, five petaled, wild roses, fragrant with the essence of early summer, grow in a prickly tangle along railroad tracks, in woods, and in upland pastures.
Rosa Carolina L.
May - June Roadsides. woods.
Casually, the buds of roses open. They are fresh and new as the morning of the world. They spread their unique perfume to the sun and the butterflies, last but a day, and, when the sun is sliding into the west, drop their five, heart-shaped, pink petals and prepare to open more buds next morning.
It is June in Illinois and roses are in bloom. Over the whole northern hemisphere, from China to England and from Sandwich to Seattle, other roses bloom. For although England claims the rose for its national emblem, Iowa. New York, and North Dakota call the American wild rose their state flowers, and District of Columbia uses the American Beauty as its own special flower, the rose belongs to the world. There is a vast kinship and unity among the people everywhere who love roses.
There are two upright bushy roses, commonly found on the uplands of Illinois. which are rather difficult to distinguish. The pasture rose (Rosa Carolina) usually has straight prickles, with glandular fruit and usually with calyx lobes deciduous. The meadow rose (Rosa blanda) usually has no prickles, has smooth fruit and usually persistent calyx lobes. Both usually have leaves which have seven leaflets. Another common rose, found on prairies and in moist woodlands, is the climbing rose (Rosa setigera) which has long stems armed with curved prickles; the. leaves have three leaflets.