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Scientific Name:Rosa acicularis
Common Name(s): Prickly Rose, Wild Rose
Parts Used: fruit, leaf
wildWoman 2 Aug, 2008
A very common shrub across much of North America and well-known to most people.
The shoots, hips, petals and leaves are all edible, with 3 hips providing as much vitamin c as one whole orange, as well as a host of other vitamins and minerals. The hips make good tea, jam, jelly and syrup, as well as a tasty snack.
Medicinal purposes include using an infusion of the petals as an eyewash and rinse for ulcerated skin infections. The tea from the hips is said to aid with menstrual cramps. Because of the moisturizing properties of the petals, these make a fine ingredient in salves, skin lotion and lip balm.