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dog rose fact sheet
Or have a go at making Rosehip Liqueur!
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- A scrambling shrub
- Long arching stems armed with curved thorns
- Produces beautiful pink or white flowers in summer
- Has striking red "rose-hips" in autumn
In woodland, hedgerows and on scrubland
Found throughout the UK, although more common in the south. Prefers heavy soils
When to look for
Fabulous dog rose facts
- 'Robin's pincushion', caused by the gall wasp Diplolepis rosae, is commonly found on Rosa canina
- The term ‘dog’ means ‘worthless’, presumably by comparison with cultivated roses
- The ancient Greeks believed that the roots of the dog rose could cure a person bitten by a mad dog - another possible explanation for the term 'dog' rose
- The long stems of the dog rose have hooked thorns which help them to climb and scramble over other shrubs
- The hips are high in vitamin C and were traditionally used to make a valuable syrup, especially in times of scarcity such as wartime
- The fine hairs found inside the hips used to be popular with children, who extracted them for use as 'itching powder'