Species: Arctic Rose (Rosa acicularis)

Information About

Arctic Rose

Quick Facts

Rosa acicularis

Other Names

prickly wild rose, prickly rose, bristly rose




Arctic Rose in Detail.

The plant typically grows to a height of 1-2 meters and has prickly stems and branches. The leaves are pinnately compound, with 5-9 leaflets that are oval to lance-shaped and toothed along the edges. The flowers are pink to white in color and have five petals. They bloom in late spring to early summer and are followed by small red hips, which are edible and high in vitamin C.

It is a hardy plant that can tolerate cold temperatures and is often used in landscaping as a hedge or border plant. The hips of the plant are also used in traditional medicine for their high vitamin C content, and they are sometimes used to make jellies, teas, and other food products. The plant has long been used by indigenous people in the region for food, medicine, and ceremonial purposes. For example, the Yupik people of western Alaska use the plant to make a traditional tea that is believed to have healing properties.

Habitat & Range

Rosa acicularis is a common plant species in Alaska and is found throughout the state, from coastal areas to the interior. It is well-suited to the harsh conditions of the northern climate, including cold temperatures and short growing seasons. It's commonly found in open woods, meadows, and along stream banks.


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