The Nootka rose is widely used horticulturally. It receives its name, by way of some anglicization, from the Nuu-chah-nulth peoples of the Pacific coast of Canada. Peter Gumplinger explains the story behind the name “Nootka” in this essay on Hiking the Nootka Island Trail, August 7-12, 1999:
“Anchored at Resolution Cove on Bligh Island, across from Friendly Cove harbour, the natives called out to Cook’s ship: itchme nutka, itchme nutka, meaning ‘go around’, but Cook thought they were telling him that Nootka was the name of the area.”
Wikipedia also has a fairly extensive entry on the Nuu-chah-nulth peoples.
The Nootka rose is a woody subshrub & perennial like the rest of the genus Rosa. It can grow up to 2.1m (7 ft) tall. Commonly found at the edge of coastal marshes, it is tolerant of wet conditions. It can also be encountered in cleared or disturbed areas, thickets and forest edges. The flowers have the characteristic fresh rose scent and are consistently coloured pinky-rose. The stems of the bush are grey and covered in prickles. In temperate regions, they bloom April-July.