One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small wild Eurasian rose with white flowers and leaves like those of salad burnet.
Rosa pimpinellifolia, family Rosaceae
- ‘Sand dunes are particularly rich in flowers and are the most beautiful is the burnet rose.’
- ‘For a more compact plant, consider our native Scotch briar, or burnet rose (R. pimpinellifolia).’
- ‘The Scot's briar or burnet rose, Rosa pimpinellifolia, is a native and its cultivated hybrids and forms put up no fight in the garden because they actually like it here.’
- ‘The August sand-dune flora includes harebell and bloody crane's-bill, with sea rocket along the strand line and stonechats perched in the burnet roses.’
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