Flower Biodiversity: Uŋžíŋžiŋtka Hú Waȟčá

Uŋžíŋžiŋtka hú. Rosa woodsii. It goes by many names in English, including Woods’ Rose and Wild Rose. Distribution maps show that it grows all over western North America, and also in some eastern areas including Ontario and Québec.

Rose hips are widely known as a great source of Vitamin C, in a form that is much more bioavailable than citrus fruit, which does not grow in our climate, anyway.

The flowers of this plant also have plenty of culinary uses — they are delicious eaten raw, and can also be used to flavor teas, jellies, and other desserts. I’ve even heard of one of my mentor’s students making ice cream from it.

The purpose of this post is to show the biodiversity of flower colors. These are all from different uŋžíŋžiŋtka plants growing within a 20-mile radius of each other on the North Dakota side of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

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