Deciduous shrub growing to 3m high or more, with sharp hooks which also enable it to climb. Pale pink flowers in mid-summer are followed by the hips (fruits) in autumn which are ornamental as well as being a very rich source of vitamins and minerals, especially in vitamins A, C and E, flavanoids and other bio-active compounds. They are also a fairly good source of essential fatty acids. They can be eaten fresh, although the layer of flesh is only thin, and care must be taken to avoid the layer of hairs which can irritate the throat. The hips can be processed fresh or dried into syrup and tea, and the syrup was administered in war time as a nutritional supplement. Medicinally the tea can be also taken for treatment of viral infections and disorders of the kidneys and urinary tract, as well as for diarrhoea and gastritis. The leaves can also be dried for tea and the seeds, which are high in vitamin E, can be ground and added to other flours. The petals are also edible (avoid the bitter white base) and can be used to make a deliciously perfumed jelly.
Dog roses can be used as stocks for the grafting or budding of cultivated roses, stabilising soil in land reclamation and for hedging. Plants are self fertile and are happy growing in sun or part shade on all soil types including heavy clay, and can tolerate some moisture as well as drought.
Certified organic plants in PB5s