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Wild Rose - Prickly Rose - Rosa acicularis, Photo by Erik W. L. Anderson

Wild Rose (aka Prickly Rose, Prickly Wild Rose, Arctic Rose) Rosa acicularis.  • Family: Fabaceae / Pea • Habitat: Dry open woods • Height: ~ 4 feet • Flower size: 1 1/2 - 3 inches • Flower color: pink• Edibility:  Medicinal tea, Hips are good source of A & C.


Wednesday, July 1st, 2009 - Report by

After coffee break we took the loop – up the Gunflint Trail, over on the Shoe Lake Road and down the Arrowhead Trail with lunch sitting on the Hovland Dock with the bug-free breezes blowing over us from Lake Superior.

At first I thought the Wild Rose would be the flower of the day – it is so beautiful – but took second place with the Canada Anemone taking first. We have never seen so many of them – in area after area. I guess we like anemones – they are so crisp and white and usually are in a group.

We walked a way into the Assinika Bog – it was nearly covered with Labrador Tea – that was different. We got there a bit past prime, but there were also more than usual Small Cranberries. That flower is so beautiful.

We took the boardwalk into Shoe Lake. The Linnea were blooming profusely along the way. We picked one – what a lovely smell. At the lake there was a yellow flower that we had to look up (either we had forgotten it or it was new to us). It was Tufted Loosestrife.

Some of the other flowers we saw that pleased us were: Bunchberries, Yellow Pond Lilies, a few Iris, Lesser Stitchwort, Thimbleberry (I think they look like white roses), Yellow Sweet Clover, Caraway, Columbine, Purple Cow Vetch, Golden Alexander, a Grey Fox and a beautiful copper colored deer.

The gardens at the Hovland Post Office are very lovely, they are cared for by the new Hovland Garden Club.

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June 29th, 2005

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June 15th 2005

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June 1, 2005

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