Rosa arvensis, the field rose, is a rose that is found extensively across Europe, particularly in hedgerows. It was first described by British botanist William Hudson in 1762.

Rosa arvensis
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Rosa arvensis in Lower Austria
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Rosa
R. arvensis
Binomial name
Rosa arvensis
Huds, 1762[1]


Popular namesEdit

The plant is variously known as the Field Rose[2] and white-flowered trailing rose.[3] It may also be called Shakespeare’s musk.[4]


The following synonyms were recognised in October 2018:[5]

  • Rosa pervirens (Rosa arvensis × sempervirens)
  • Rosa polliniana (Rosa arvensis × gallica)
  • Rosa repens


The hip of Rosa arvensis, seen in Lower Austria

This rose blooms in July with white flowers, 4 to 5 centimetres (1.6 to 2.0 in) across, which are followed by red hips. The plant can grow to be between 3 and 3.7 metres (9.8 and 12.1 ft) tall.[2]


Rosa arvensis was first identified in England and has been subsequently observed in many countries throughout Europe.[4][6] It can be seen principally in hedges and thickets.[3]



  1. ^ Hudson 1762, p. 192.
  2. ^ a b Beales 1988, p. 208.
  3. ^ a b White 1912, p. 299.
  4. ^ a b Harkness 1978, p. 150.
  5. ^ "Flora Europea". Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  6. ^ Kollár & Balkovic 2006, p. 61.