Salt Spray Roses on Beach, Nantucket Island, Massachusetts

The Salt Spray Rose (Rosa rugosa) is well named, as they live on or close to the ocean beaches. This photo was taken on the beach at Siasconset, on Nantucket's eastern edge.

An extremely fragrant and beautiful rose, the large five-petal flowers grow up to 4 inches across. Rose-hip jelly can be made from the bright red hips when they appear in the fall.

The Salt Spray Rose comes from the Far East, originally. It may have taken hold on the outer beaches of Cape Cod and the eastern seaboard as a survivor of shipwrecks, or it may just be an escaped landscaping plant.

Photo location: Siasconset Beach, Nantucket Island, Massachusetts.

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