Field-rose - Rosa arvensis

    Alternative names
    Field Rose

    Scrambling shrub to 3 metres, usually with weak trailing green stems, prickles sparse, hooked. Flowers always white, 30 to 50 mm solitary or 2 to 3 together. Sepals deflexed soon falling. Styles joined into a long column. Hip oval, red, smooth.

    Similar Species

    Other wild roses, especially R stylosa

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    White flowers.  Styles (central female part of flower) are united to make a short column as long as stamens.  Plants with pink flowers may be hybrids or possibly R stylosa, which has styles shorter than stamens and white or pale pink flowers

    Recording advice

    Photo of flower showing the style fused into a column.  Plants with fused styles shorter than stamens may be R stylosa, and rare; retain a specimen.


    Hedgerows, woodland margins and scrub.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread in England and Wales, occasional in Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 507 of the 617 tetrads.

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