A low-growing, large flowered, and, usually, thorn-less species which grows from two to four feet high in moist, rocky places. From five to seven bluntly tipped and sharply toothed, oblong leaflets form the compound leaf. The thin, dark green foliage is paler beneath, and the short leaf-stem is guarded with a conspicuous pair of wings that clasp the stalk at the joint. The handsome, large, pink flowers are slightly fragrant, and are often three inches broad. They are either solitary or sparsely grouped on slender stems. The petals are broad and curving, and the numerous yellow stamens are clustered around the flat, central disc of greenish-yellow pistils. The green calyx has five lance-shaped sepals that remain erect upon the ripening globular or pear-shaped fruit. The Meadow Rose blossoms during June and July, from Newfoundland to New England and New Jersey, and west to Ontario, Illinois, and Missouri. It is rather more common in the Great Lake region than elsewhere.