First Nootka Rosebud: Rosa nutkana

Saturday, May 16, 2020

My first Nootka rosebud (Rosa nutkana). Once this pandemic is over, I plan to travel to the west coast of Vancouver Island, where this plant was first described at the Nootka Sound. I have planted it in a place where it can spread (vigorously spreads via rhizomes to form a thicket), providing nesting material for birds and native bees. It is also a host for mourning cloak and grey hairstreak butterflies. I hope these beautiful native butterflies find my Nootka rose! Happy weekend, friends! ✨


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