|Rosa carolina is a heavily suckering rose, forming dense thickets, 3 to 6 feet tall. Canes are covered with prickles when young, fewer on older canes. The flowers are 2 1/2 inches across, pink to red, solitary or in clusters of 2 to 3, and mid summer blooming. Rosehips are small, red, pear-shaped and keep good color into winter. Foliage is light green. Natural habitat is wet low grounds, and stream borders. Native from Maine to Wisconsin, down to Texas and Florida.