The Prickly Rose (Rosa acicularis) is also called Arctic Primrose, Sitka Rose, and other variations, is found in open woods, clearings, and meadows throughout most of Alaska, except the North Slope and Southeastern Alaska (the panhandle). Prickly roses bloom in June to early July.
The rose grows as a prickly shrub 1.5’ to 6’ tall, with toothed five-parted compound leaves. The large, showy flowers (2” to 3”) have five rounded pink, soft, velvet-like petals. The petals are used to make jelly or tea and the “hip” or fruit, which is orange to red and very high in Vitamin C, is used for jellies, jams, teas and in baked goodies. A similar species is the Notka Rose (Rosa nutkatensis) is found in Southeastern Alaska, Kodiak Island, the Kenai Peninsula, and Turnagain Arm.
Source: Field Guide to Alaskan Wildflowers, Verna E. Pratt, Alaskakrafts, Inc., 1996.
This pathtag is one of five of the sixth annual fundraising pathtags for GeocacheAlaska! and features one of our unique flowers. The Alaskan flowers featured in the 2015 series are the State Flower Forget-me-not, Fireweed, Monkshood, Prickly Rose, and Chocolate Lily. The tag designs were created by Design Partner Chris Mackey/fox-and-the-hound of AURA Design Group in coodination with GeocacheAlaska! Sourdough member Ray Menzie/akgh519.
The tags are available only as sets via direct sales from GeocacheAlaska! at http://www.geocachealaska.org/alaskageocoins.htm and at GeocacheAlaska! events, so please do not make trade requests of this GeocacheAlaska! account. Two-hundred-fifty (250) of each of the quarterly pathtags were manufactured.
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