Clump-forming hedgerow and scrubland shrub, this snow-white flowered rose has trailing, purplish stems and small numbers of curved thorns (see inset photograph below). In June and July it has 5-petalled, always white flowers (3-5cm), the startlingly yellow styles are united to form a column at least as long as the stamens in clusters of up to 6. It has 5-7 oval hairless leaflets. In autumn the attractive scarlet hips are round to ovoid. This is a native plant belonging to the family Rosaceae.
I first identified this rambling among the roadside hedgerow in July 2007 in Tullycanna, Co Wexford when these photographs were taken.
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