Rosa Rugosa. A friend of the bees and abundant producer of rose hips. Rose hips, small, seedy 'berries', are high in antioxidants and vitamin C. They can be eaten raw, but in our experience they are best used in tea or jam (in fact a blend of dried elderberries, peaches, apples, sumac, and rose hips make a nice herbal orange pekoe substitute!). The fresh petals make an elegant addition to salads.
Canadian Hardiness Zone: 5
Recommended Use: preserves, fresh eating (petals)
Ripens: July-Aug for petals, late October for hips