About This Plant

The English dog rose, or Rosa canina, is a versatile plant. In the past, children collected the fruit, often from hedges, to supplement family income. The seeds were used to make itching powder, although this is discouraged today. Rosehip syrup was also prescribed by midwives to new mothers, providing essential nutrients during the postnatal period.

The Story


The leaves are pinnate, meaning they consist of several leaflets arranged along a central stem. Each leaf typically has 5-7 serrated leaflets. The colour of the leaves can vary but is generally a medium to dark green.


The plant’s fruit, rosehips, are not only edible but also rich in vitamin C. Rosehips can be turned into syrup and jams, but their natural tartness often requires sweetening.
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