An invasive species in many states, the beach rose can be found in many locations along Maine's coastline. The red or pink flowers provide a little bit of bright color on a dreary day in the harbor, as they did in Winter Harbor during our last visit there.
Native to Asia, these ornamentals have been planted and spread throughout the northeastern U.S. states, including along the Maine coast,. They have been used as pretty shrubs in landscapes and to provide stabilization of sand dunes. Interestingly, the buds look much like cherry tomatoes, and although the taste is bitterly dissimilar, they are edible and often used for teas, jams and jellies, in addition to proving food for birds and other wildlife. Besides the east coast, you'll also see beach roses in Washington State and Alaska.
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Jack Huber has taken tens of thousands of photographs around the country and in his foreign travels.