Dog-rose - Rosa canina

Alternative names
Dog Rose

Dog Rose is a name used to describe a group of numerous similar hybrids which need expert identification. Rosa canina is often the most common wild Rose and is used to represent the group. Stems arching to 5 metres long with prickly thorns. Flowers usually pink (occasionally white). 45 to 50 mm in clusters of 2 to 5 on hairless stalks, styles not joined into column. Hip smooth orangey red without sepals when ripe.

Identification difficulty

Woodland margins, hedgerows, waysides and rough grassy places.

When to see it

June and July.

Life History


UK Status

Common as a group throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Common as a group in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was sub-divided so no figure can be given.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map