Nootka Rose (Rosa nutkana)
Nootka, or wild rose, is a three to six foot evergreen shrub that likes to live on the edge of the forest. You will often find hummingbirds and bees feeding from the pink blooms that appear in June. As the rose shrub grows it forms a thicket that provides shelter and habitat for many bird and mammal species. Rose hips, the reddish fruit left after the petals fall, remain throughout winter and help songbirds, ladybugs, rabbits and deer find food year round. Indigenous Peoples use these captivating pink rose bushes during ceremonial customs, to make jelly, tea, and medicine. The Nootka roots can even be used to make fishing nets.