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The prairie wild rose is a prickly-stemmed native shrub, usually less than 18 inches tall. It's pink, five-pets flowers are present in June and early July. After they bloom the base of the flower below the petals develops in a round, bright red, seed-packed fruit, called a hip. The berry like fruit are about 1/2 inch in diameter.
Spotted on the Tamarac Blackbird Drive. Prairie wild roses are found in prairies and prefers sandy soil in jack pine, oak and conifer forests. They also grow along sunny roadsides, filed edges and pastures.
A rose hip is the fruit of a rose. The skin is edible and is an excellent source of vitamin C. It is often used as a supplement to treat a cold.