Irish wildflowers

Soft Downy-rose, Rosa mollis, Rós bog
Photographs: County Waterford

Soft Downy-rose
Rosa mollis
Rós bog
Family: Rosaceae

Flowering June-July. Deciduous shrub. Native.

Flowers usually pink, pedicels short with some stiff glandular hairs. Sepals entire, erect, persistent. Red hips with stalked glands. Leaves with large leaflets, softly-hairy on both sides. Straight prickles. Erect suckering growth, to 1.5m+. One of earliest roses flowering.

Avoids very acidic ground. Woods, hedges, roadsides. Mainly found in N of Ireland, also recorded from Co. Waterford.
Identification by Paul Green

Soft Downy-rose. County Waterford. July 2008

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