In praise of Rose Hips! A Garden Tip

rose hips - photo by Jan Johnsen

 Allow your roses to form hips. Did you know that, like many plants that produce fruit, the formation of rose hips is a signal to the rose to go dormant for the season?

Rose hips provide wonderful color in the garden and are a good source of vitamin C for birds in the fall and winter. 
They are one of the highest plant sources of Vitamin C. 'Cherry Pie' Rose makes great rose hips:

Oso Easy Cherry Pie Rose -from May Dreams Garden Blog 


You can eat them too. Rose hips are used for jam, jelly, syrup, soup, beverages, pies, bread, and wine. They can also be eaten raw if care is used to avoid the hairs inside the fruit.  The redder they are, the softer and sweeter.  

source: live by the sun blog 










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  1. That 'Oso Easy Cherry Pie Rose' looks like a winner for making rosehips that stand out in a garden. Happy to see it.

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    1. Hi renata, a must for the fall garden for sure....

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