Rosa Pratincola

I was intrigued and mesmerized by the wild roses that I saw along the lake shore while traveling to Mackinac Island and Mackinac City last weekend. Pictured on your left is Rosa pratincola, which is also known by the name wild prairie rose.

I refrained from picking a seed pod of the Rosa pratincola while I was a guest on Mackinac Island, as this would bring down a hefty fine for illegal harvesting of plants in a state park. However, I found some of the same flowers growing in a weedy area next to a boat dock on the mainland side, so I helped myself to a rose hip with the goal of harvesting the seeds and growing some Rosa pratincola next year in my yard.