A pale pink flower of the hedgerow it typically scrambles through the bramble and hazel and gets twisted with bindweed. It fights for space with the nettles and thistles and generally gives a good account of itself. Our hedgerows are a wild tangle of plants and this is a wild rose. Rosa canina is the most widespread of our roses and can be found throughout the UK.
Leaf buds start to appear in early March and often the fruits still look quite fresh on the branch.
Rose hips are very high in vitamin C. They are edible but they contain fine hairs that children use as itching powder so if eaten raw care should be taken to avoid these hairs. They are used to make a variety of teas, soups, jams and jellies. Dog Rose hips were gathered in wartime to make rose hip syrup to give added vitamin C to children when imported fruits were rare.
Rose hips are also known as rose haws.
Species: Rosa canina