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California Wild Rose (Rosa californica)


Rosa californica is a shrub that often forms thickets, and its prickly grey-brown stems are strongly curved.  The leaves are made up of smaller toothed leaflets that are often hairy or glandular.  There are 1 to 20 flowers per inflorescence. Flowers are generally pink with petals that are 10 to 20 mm long.  Each rose has five petals and the flower has an open form.  The fruits, called rose hips, are 8 to 20 mm long and turn red when ripe.

Download the USA-NPN datasheet for Rosa californica here.

Download the CPP species profile for Rosa californica here.

For additional information about this species, visit these pages:

Rosa californica on the USA-NPN website

Rosa californica on Calflora

Rosa californica on USDA PLANTS