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Flower  Wild Rose

Wild Rose - Photo  Copyright 2000 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
Need help identifying wild flowers? Try the superbly illustrated fold out ID charts in the Nature Shop - click here

Latin name: Rosa canina

Size: Climbs to a height of around 3m.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK, but rare in Scotland.

Flowering months: June to August.

Habitat: Found mostly in hedgerows and scrubland.

Special features: Wild rose flowers are situated at the end of long woody stems. The stems are covered with sharp thorns, shaped like shark fins.

The fruits of the rose, known as 'hips' are a rich source of vitamin 'C'. During the World War 2, when there were shortages of citrus fruits, the hips were collected and used to make 'rose-hip syrup' as an alternative.

The wild rose, or 'dog rose' was chosen as the symbol of the Tudor monarchs, and has since been adopted as the symbol of England.

Did You Know?
The seeds inside rose hips are covered in tiny bristles which can irritate the skin. They have been used by generations of kids as the main ingredient of itching powder.

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