Answer to the Front Page Picture of the Week Question for May 14 - May 24, 2004
This is the chestnut rose, Rosa roxburghii f. normalis.
The double-flowered form of this rose is more common than this plant,
which has a single row of petals. It is called the chestnut rose because its
fruits have long spiny thorns on them akin to those found on the husk of a
chestnut. It is hardy in USDA zones 6 to 9.
You can see this and other heritage roses in full bloom right
now in the National Herb Garden.