English Dogrose

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 Appearance

A small deciduous shrub with arching stems and pinnate leaves. It produces fragrant, pink to white flowers followed by bright red hips.


The Produce

Rosehips can be turned into syrup and jams, but their natural tartness often requires sweetening.


The Flowers

Produces fragrant, pink to white flowers in summer, followed by bright red hips in autumn.


The Leaves

Each leaf typically has 5-7 serrated leaflets.


The Bark

The bark is smooth and gray, becoming more fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun. Commonly found in hedgerows and gardens.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The hips are eaten by birds and mammals.


The Culture

Valued for its ornamental flowers and edible hips, which are rich in vitamin C. Often planted in gardens and hedgerows.


Fun Facts

English Dogrose is a symbol of England and has been used in traditional medicine for its health benefits.

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