Rosa Canina (Wild Rose, Dog Rose)

Rosa Canina Seeds (Wild Rose Seeds, Dog Rose Seeds)

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They make wonderful displays in the hedgerows during June and July.

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Rosa canina or Dog Rose is a variable scrambling rose species native to Europe, northwest Africa, and western Asia. It is a deciduous shrub normally ranging in height from 1-5 m. They are used to catch onto surrounding shrubs. The long arching stems are green to purple and have strong, curved prickles, on a base 15 mm long. The alternate leaves have 5-7 leaflets, 15-40 mm long, which have single or double-toothed saw-edges, and are usually hairless on both surfaces. Large, leafy stipules, which runs up the leaf stalks, is about 2 cm long. Dog roses can be either self-supporting or climbers; the tallest specimens invariably use other plants for support. They make wonderful displays in the hedgerows during June and July. The white or pink, 5-petalled flowers are 4-6 cm across and in clusters of 1-5. The styles in the centre of the flower are joined together into a persistent, slender column and mature into an oval 1.5-2 cm red-orange fruit, or hip. They open in June and July and develop into red hips ripe in autumn. They are mildly fragrant. Hardiness zones: 4-9 (-32°C/-25°F, -5°C/25°F) in winter. It thrives on a wide range of soils, except very dry or waterlogged ones. Once established, provide with ample water and sunlight; very good drainage is a must, though heavier soils also tolerated.
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Common name Dog-Rose
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Species Rosa canina
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Therapeutic uses No
Germination Sow about 1mm deep in a well drained seed sowing mix. Keep the mix moist for 2 - 3 weeks at a temperature of 27 - 32°c. After that period keep those at 3°c for the next 4 months by which time it should be starting to germinate. The seeds will only germinate with light. Rosa canina seeds will usually germinate in 30-365+ days, but even under good conditions germination may be erratic.
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