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Nootka Rose

Nootka Rose or Wild Rose, Rosa nutkana

Nootka Rose in bloom, photographer Shari Brewer

The Nootka Rose begins to bloom in late May around Darrington, Washington and will continue blooming into July. You will often times see it growing with Thimble Berry along roadsides and hiking trails. The tender new growth of the Nootka Rose is a favorite food of the deer. The fruit of the rose, the rose hip which is high in vitamin C, was gathered by Native Americans to be used as a food source as well as a medicinal. Rosehips are also an abundant food for birds.