Rosa rubiginosa

Eglantine Rose, Sweet Briar, Sweet-Brier

  • Rosa rubiginosa

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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: warm stratify for 60 days, cold stratify for 60 days
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Other: summer sowing in mulched beds results in germination the following spring. 

Discover the beauty and benefits of Rosa rubiginosa, also known as Sweet-Brier or Eglantine Rose, a fragrant rose species native to Europe and western Asia. This dense, deciduous shrub stands 6-10 ft high with numerous hook-bearing stems. Notably, its foliage exudes a strong apple-like fragrance that's sure to captivate your senses. The leaves of Rosa rubiginosa are pinnately compound, ranging 2-4 inches long. They sport 5-9 rounded to oval leaflets with a serrated margin, and glandular hairs which adds to their unique appeal. The stunning flowers are pink with a white base, punctuated with yellow stamens that create a warm hue. These blooms appear in clusters from late spring to mid-summer. Rosa rubiginosa is also renowned for its globose to oblong red fruits or "hips," valued for their persistence throughout winter. If you seek to bring the scent into your garden, plant it on the south or west side. The rosehip tea made from this rose is popular in Europe, providing an ample dose of vitamin C. During World War II, Britain utilized rose hips as a source of vitamins A and C, underlining this rose's remarkable benefits.

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