Interior or Mountain Rose
Taylor Creek area of Lake Tahoe
Shrub with thorns, growing 2-9 feet tall.
Flower pink to white and about 2 inches across. Five petals. (not seen during September)
Fruit is a red rose "hip" about 1/2 inch in diameter.
2,500 - 10,000 feet in elevation.
The hips are edible and an excellent source of vitamin C, usually made into a tea or jelly.
This rose is a pretty pink rose that we see along our favorite trail at Taylor Creek. This time of year it is covered in bright red rose hips....which we at first thought were berries until we stopped to take a closer look.
It was an evening filled with smoky air from the Rim Fire at Yosemite. Quiet and all alone on the trail, we enjoyed the peaceful beauty of a late summer walk after dinner.
This is the fourth shrub I have recorded in my nature journal this year as part of my nature study goals. One more to go! I am not doing so well on my study of trees....need to get busy.