During June the various wild roses come in to flower and what beautiful flowers they are. Whilst the pale pink dog-rose is common and probably familiar to most of us, as is the white field rose, the one that is quite often overlooked and dismissed as one of these other two is the lovely cream coloured burnet rose (Rosa pimpinellifolia).
The burnet rose is usually found on dry, open habitats, especially on calcareous soils, and so you can find this low growing rose in a variety of places across Dorset including the heaths, the cliff tops and the downlands. It has leaves that are typical of the rose family but are quite small and it has dense, sharp, painful thorns along its stems. In autumn it produces large dark, almost black, berries.