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Dog Rose - Rosa canina

Dog Rose – Rosa canina                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The Dog rose is a sprawling, fast growing, thorny creeper making it a very good security climber and hedging.

In the 18th and 19th century it was used as a cure for rabid dogs, hence the name Dog Rose. Other old folk names include dogberry and witches’ briar.

The fruit is noted for its high vitamin C level and is used to make syrup, tea and marmalade. It has been grown or encouraged in the wild for the production of vitamin C, from its fruit (often as rose-hip syrup), especially during conditions of scarcity or during wartime.

The dog rose was the stylized rose of medieval European heraldry. It is also the county flower of Hampshire. Legend states the Thousand-year Rose or Hildesheim Rose, that climbs against a wall of Hildesheim Cathedral dates back to the establishment of the diocese in 815.

Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_canina