The plant’s favorite pastime is drawing the blood of hikers, bikers, fishermen, and hunters wherever it occurs.
Today multi-flora rose is seen for what it is, an invasive species. The plant can grow just about anywhere and spreads quickly, producing an average of one million seeds per plant annually. These seeds last up to 20 years in the soil, waiting for the right conditions to rear their ugly heads.
The plant is designated a noxious weed in Iowa, Ohio, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia because of its habit of invading pastures, disrupting cattle grazing operations and generally taking over any open area left fallow for long.
The fruit, called rose hips, with the seeds removed can be eaten raw or used in preserves and pies. Birds have learned this and eat the rose hips, further spreading the seeds in their feces. Seed germination is actually enhanced by passing through a bird’s digestive tract.