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Field Rose

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Peter Orchard

The white flowers distinguish this from dog rose; found in hedgerows, scrub and woodlands.



  • Field Rose the trailing rose

    Post date: Saturday, 4 March, 2017 - 21:11

    Given that the common dog-rose can often occur in white it would be wrong to say the the easiest way to identify the field rose (Rosa arvensis) is to look for a white wild rose! Quite often white roses in the countryside will be field rose and it is a good start but it is not enough on its own to be sure.

    When in flower the recognised botanical way of separating them is to look at the centre of the flower amongst the orange stamens and there is a column longer than the stamens (this is the style) then it is field rose. Less scientific methods can be used, however, as, whilst similar, they are not the same! The field rose tends to be a low, sprawling bush growing to little more than three feet tall as it has quite weak stems and this leads to its other common name, the trailing rose. The dog-rose, on the other hand, is a much stronger plant that produces long, prickly runners. At a closer level the leaves of field rose are  a dull green where are dog-rose is a much stronger dark green on the top and a greyish green below. Field rose is also less prickly than the dog rose.There are many other small differences if you feel inclined to examine the two species with a good book at your side.

    Whilst both occur in hedgerows the dog-rose is the better climber. Both can also be found in woodland or scrub habitats. 


Common Name Field Rose
Scientific Name Rosa arvensis
Species Group Rose Family Rosaceae
Interest Level
Look for
Identification Notes
Primary Habitat
Family Rose family - Rosaceae
Status Occasional
Flower Colour Group White
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
Preferred Environment
Look for Low growing shrub with white rose flowers
Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

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Rose Family Rosaceae