California Wild Rose (Rosa californica):
A beautiful, elegant, and deciduous shrub, the California wild rose is commonly found along the sloughs and river at Cosumnes River Preserve. Pictured here is a Rosa californica plant showing off its rose hips (the red bulbous fruit). Forming large, prickly thickets, it blooms from around May to as late as November with bright and airy pink roses. The native Miwok people, original inhabitants of this land, use both the hips and petals for food as well as the stems in basketry. This important plant is utilized by pollinators and as habitat for birds and other wildlife.