Plant of the Week: Dog Rose (Rosa Canina)

Have just looked it up and the Dog Rose is indeed the traditional rose of medieval heraldry.  It is full of antioxidants and also rich in Vit C and is used for syrup, tea and marmalade.  It was planted in the US in “Victory Gardens” after the war and is now found growing wild all over the country.  (Why do I find that oddly moving?)  It was used in the 18th and 19th century to treat bites from rabid dogs (!) and this is perhaps where it got its name though it also may have also been called “dog” rose disparagingly as it is worthless in comparison to cultivated roses.  (I can feel dogs everywhere bristling at the very idea.)


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