Rich with vibrant blooms and sweet, nutritious rosehips, cultivating this botanical gem promises a delightful and healthy journey!
The Dog Rose, or Rosa canina, is a pretty cool shrub that's part of the Rosaceae family. It's originally from Europe, Northwest Africa, and Western Asia, but it can now be found in a lot of places, including meadows, woodlands, and hedgerows.
This lovely plant can grow pretty tall, usually around 6 to 10 feet (1.8 to 3 meters), and has branches that spread out. You can identify it by looking at its delicate pinnate leaves - they consist of 5 to 7 serrated leaflets - and its petals, which can be pink or white. The flowers attract pollinators and are in full bloom from late spring to early summer. After they're pollinated, the rosehips (seed pods or fruit) appear in the place where the flowers used to be. These little round or oval structures contain seeds, each surrounded by a fleshy outer layer that's loaded with nutrients.