Carolina rose, or prairie rose, is a member of the Rosaceae or Rose family. It is found June - July and is one of the few prairie plants that are truly woody. Growing 1 - 2 feet in height, new shoots arise from its spreading root system. The stems have slender, straight, weak prickles. Alternate leaves are divided into five to eleven oblong leaflets with serrated margins. Fragrant flowers are often seen on new wood; they may be solitary or in clusters. There are five showy rose-pink petals, five green sepals, and many bright yellow stamens in the center. The bright red fruit, called a "hip," has hard seeds inside the fleshy, bright red receptacle. Honeybees are common pollinators.