McCartney Rose - Chickasaw Rose - Hedge Rose
Rosa bracteata - J.C.Wendl.
Rosaceae (Rose) Family

Plant is a smooth climbing perennial with prickles; a rapid grower and a high climber. Preferred habitat is prairies, roadside, edge of pine woods and open meadows. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are compound, alternate on the stem; 7-9 small leaf segments that are widest at the middle to lance-like with toothed margins. It differs from its close relative, Cherokee Rose, in that Cherokee has 3-5 leaf segments.

Flowers are solitary on the stem, measuring about two inches across, and bear the customary five petal arrangement. Petals are always white and the numerous stamens are yellow. Flowering occurs in late spring and early summer.

Fruit is an aggregate of achenes called “hips.”

While McCartney is considered an “occasional” wildflower it was once a prized introduction to the domestic garden but was allowed to escape and little or no efforts were made to retrieve it. Consequently it has become a pest in some areas like Louisiana and Mississippi. These are introductions from China and are generally accepted as “flat primitive" roses. 

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