*Rosa rubiginosa

Family Rosaceae

Sweet Briar

Erect or scrambling prickly shrub, crushed foliage with sweet apple-like scent.

Flowers: Pink, October – January.

Fruit: Large red swollen cup (hip) 15 – 20 mm long. Fruit reportedly bird dispersed.

Seed: Many achenes inside fruit.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Native of Europe.
  • Weed of disturbed sites, roadsides.
  • Rare weed at the Australian Botanic Garden.
  • Resprouts after fire.

Asterisk * indicates exotic species naturalised at the Australian Botanic Garden.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Rosa rubiginosa plant

Rosa rubiginosa flower

Rosa rubiginosa fruit