Rosa pimpinellifolia (Burnet Rose)


Summary Information


A low, suckering deciduous shrub most often found on sand dunes and sea-cliffs, but also inland on sandy and less acidic heaths, in scrub and hedgerows on chalk and limestone, and on basic cliff ledges in upland areas. Cultivars grown in gardens sometimes become naturalised. 0?610 m (Glaramara, Cumberland).



World Distribution

Eurasian Temperate element, with a disjunct distribution; widely naturalised outside its native range.


Photos Information


Habitats Information

Broad Habitats

Dwarf shrub heath (cover of dwarf shrubs at least 25%)
Inland rock (quarries, cliffs, screes)
Supralittoral sediment (strandlines, shingle, coastal dunes)

Light (Ellenberg): 8 Information

Moisture (Ellenberg): 3 Information

Reaction (Ellenberg): 6 Information

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 3 Information

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0 Information

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.8 Information

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.4 Information

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1124 Information

Life Form

Life Form Information

Height (cm): 50

Perennation - primary


Perennation - secondary

Life Form - primary


Life Form - secondary




Clonality - primary

Clones formed by suckering from roots

Clonality - secondary


Distribution Information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 924

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 308

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 10

Atlas Change Index: -0.05

Weighted Changed Factor: -2

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


Conservation Status

Conservation Status Information

Plantatt Conservation Status

Other Accounts

Other Accounts Information

External Species Accounts


References Information

PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections.
A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.