Roses - Western Isles Wildflowers
These lovely deep pink flowering roses are really a scrambling plant. It adorns our countryside during the summer months. in various places on The Western Isles
Native to The Western Isles
Whilst do roses are native to the western isles - perhaps this rose is a garden one, just growing wild.
Rosa can be deciduous or semi-evergreen shrubs or scrambling climbers, with usually thorny stems bearing pinnate leaves and solitary or clustered, 5-petalled flowers followed by showy red or purple fruits
World War 11 - Government Used Rose Hips
Rose hips have twenty more times vitamin C than oranges and during the second World War when fresh fruit was scarce the government asked that rose hips be picked to make rose hip syrup.
Research is now being done into rose hips for the treatment of osteo and rheumatoid arthritis. Rose hips are also used for medicinal purposes in the treatment of kidney and bladder disorders. major cause of this is habitat loss.
Syrups - Jams
Rose Hips have also been used in making syrups, jams, jellies as well as being used
Open Woodland Shrub
The Roses grows in open woodland, scrub, hedges and waste ground, and beside roads and paths, . The specimen photographed on this page really was just in the middle of wasteland near to the roadside along the Golden Road in The Isle of Harris.
Rose Has Prickly Stems
This rose is a vigorous medium-sized shrub with prickly stems and glossy, strongly veined leaves turning yellow in autumn. Single, deep magenta-pink flowers 9cm wide are fragrant, and are followed by large scarlet hips .
Food Source for Birds and attracts the Insects
The fruit is a fantastic source of food for the birds, and the plant attracts insects from hoverflies, to dragonflies, to butterflies and moths and of course the all important ladybirds
The leaves are 8–15 cm long, pinnate with 5–9 leaflets, most often 7, each leaflet 3–4 cm long, with a distinctly corrugated (rugose, hence the species' name) surface. The flowers are pleasantly scented, dark pink to white 6–9 cm across, with somewhat wrinkled petals; flowering occurs in spring.
If the leaves become bruised, they actually have a rather pleasant smell.
Food Source for Insects
The leaves provide a great food source for caterpillars, butterflies and moths.
AStringents for The Skin
Wild rose petals are still being used in making rose water and skin lotions and astringents.
The Romans Called the Rose the Dog Rose
The Greeks believed that the roots of this wild rose could cure the effects of the bite of a mad dog. This led the Romans to name the flower Rosa canina - literally "Dog Rose".
Henry - Tudor Rose - Rose of England
The dog rose or wild rose was used as the symbol of the Tudor monarchs and is has become the flower symbol of England.
|Inches and cm sizes are approximate|