Burnet Rose is a
perennial plant of the UK, typically found growing in sand dunes and coastal areas, to a mature height of up to 50cm.
The Burnet Rose is a low-growing very spiny rose and takes its name from the likeness of its pinnate serrated leaves to the Salad Burnet and Burnet Saxifrage. The flowers are scented, usually white, sometimes pink, with prominent yellow stamens arranged in a circle about the centre. Unusually for wild roses, it has dark-purple to black, rather than red, mature rosehips.
Botanic classification and naming: Burnet Rose is a member of the Rose (Rosaceae) family. The genus name
'Rosa' identifies the plant as a Rose and its species name 'pimpinellifolia' means 'pimpinella-leaved (pinnate leaves)'.
Concerns: The stems of the Burnet Rose have numerous large prickly thorns. The plant also spreads readily by suckers and may be difficult to control.
Benefits: Burnet Rose produces nectar-rich/ pollen-rich flowers for pollinators and large purple rose hips which provide food for birds.
Benefits to wildlife are also indicated with orange icons in the plant profile bar at the top.