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Glaucous Dog Rose

Rosa caesia glauca

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Rosaceae (Rose)
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Deciduous shrub
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
3 metres tall
Gardens, grassland, hedgerows, parks, roadsides, sand dunes, scrub, woodland.

Pink, 5 petals
Light pink flower, lighter in the centre. 7cm in diameter.
Many-seeded, red rose hips. In fruit, September and October.
An arching shrub with dark green pinnate leaves. The leaves have 5 to 7 toothed leaflets. The young stems are always distinctively stained red on one side by the sun.
The flowers are strongly fragrant.
Other Names:
Hairy Dog-rose, Northern Dog Rose, Short-pedicelled Rose, Whitish-stemmed Briar.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  

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Rosa caesia glauca is a species of rose that is native to Central Asia, the Himalayas, and China. It is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to 2-3m tall and wide. The leaves are blue-green and glossy, and the flowers are small, single, and deep blue-purple in color. They are followed by small, red hips (seed capsules). The plant blooms in spring to early summer. It prefers well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil and full sun to partial shade. The plant is not widely cultivated but it is a good option as an ornamental plant due to its unique flower color and its blue-green foliage. It is also known to be relatively disease-resistant.


The Glaucous Dog Rose, also known as Rosa caesia glauca, is a beautiful flowering plant native to Europe and Western Asia. It is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to 3 meters tall and wide, with slender and arching branches. This species is known for its distinctive grey-blue foliage, which makes it a popular ornamental plant in gardens and landscapes.

The Glaucous Dog Rose produces beautiful pink or light purple flowers, which bloom in late spring or early summer. The flowers are usually around 4-5 cm in diameter and have five petals. The center of the flower is filled with golden yellow stamens that give it a unique and striking appearance. Once the flowers fade, they are replaced by bright red or orange hips, which are edible and can be used to make jam or tea.

One of the most distinctive features of the Glaucous Dog Rose is its foliage. The leaves are a pale bluish-grey color, which is caused by a waxy coating on the surface of the leaf. This coating helps to protect the plant from water loss and reflects sunlight, making it an excellent choice for gardens in hot and dry areas. The leaves are also finely serrated, giving them a delicate and graceful appearance.

The Glaucous Dog Rose is an easy-to-grow plant that prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. It is relatively drought-tolerant and can survive in a wide range of soil types, including sandy or rocky soils. This plant is also tolerant of pollution, making it a great choice for urban gardens.

The Glaucous Dog Rose has several uses beyond its ornamental value. The hips of the plant are rich in vitamin C and can be used to make tea, syrup, or jam. The leaves and bark of the plant also have medicinal properties and have been used to treat various ailments for centuries.

The Glaucous Dog Rose is not only beautiful and useful, but it is also a hardy and resilient plant that can withstand a range of weather conditions. It is frost-tolerant and can survive in temperatures as low as -20°C, making it suitable for gardens in colder climates. It is also relatively disease-resistant and pest-free, which means it requires little maintenance and is easy to care for.

The Glaucous Dog Rose has a fascinating history and cultural significance as well. In ancient times, the plant was used for medicinal purposes and was believed to have healing properties. In Europe, the plant was associated with the goddess Venus and was considered a symbol of love and beauty. In some cultures, the Glaucous Dog Rose is also associated with protection and is believed to ward off evil spirits.

The plant has also been used in traditional folk remedies to treat a variety of ailments, including colds, sore throats, and stomach problems. The hips of the plant are known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and are rich in vitamins A and C.

In addition to its medicinal uses, the Glaucous Dog Rose has also been used in culinary applications. The hips can be used to make tea, syrup, or jam and are often added to baked goods and desserts. The plant has a slightly tart and tangy flavor that complements sweet dishes and adds a unique twist to traditional recipes.

The Glaucous Dog Rose is also a valuable plant for wildlife. The flowers provide nectar for bees and other pollinators, while the hips are a food source for birds and small mammals. In fact, the Glaucous Dog Rose is an important food source for several species of birds, including thrushes and waxwings, who rely on the plant to help them survive through the winter months.

The plant is also an important part of the ecosystem in its native range. It is a pioneer species, meaning it is one of the first plants to colonize disturbed areas such as abandoned fields or logging sites. The Glaucous Dog Rose helps to stabilize the soil and provides shade and cover for other plants and animals.

In some parts of the world, the Glaucous Dog Rose is considered an invasive species. It has been introduced to certain areas, such as Australia and New Zealand, where it can outcompete native vegetation and threaten local ecosystems. Therefore, it is important to ensure that the plant is not grown in areas where it could become invasive.

The Glaucous Dog Rose is also a popular choice for use in hedges and garden borders. It can be pruned to create a dense, thorny barrier that can help to deter intruders and protect property. The thorns also make it an ideal plant for use as a natural fencing option for livestock.

The Glaucous Dog Rose is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to 3 meters in height and 2 meters in width. It has grey-green leaves that are covered in a fine downy layer, giving the plant its distinctive bluish-grey coloration. The leaves are pinnate and have serrated edges, and the plant produces stunning pink or white flowers that bloom in late spring or early summer.

After the flowers have faded, the plant produces round, bright red hips that ripen in the autumn. These hips are edible and can be used to make a variety of culinary treats, such as jams, jellies, and teas. They are also rich in vitamin C and are a valuable source of nutrition for both humans and wildlife.

The Glaucous Dog Rose prefers full sun or partial shade and well-drained soil. It is a relatively hardy plant and can tolerate a range of soil types, from sandy to clay. It is a low-maintenance plant that requires little pruning, although it can be pruned in the late winter or early spring to remove any dead or damaged wood.

The plant is propagated by seed or by taking softwood cuttings in the early summer. The seeds require a period of cold stratification before they will germinate, so it is recommended that they be sown in the autumn or early winter. Softwood cuttings can be taken in the early summer, and they should be dipped in rooting hormone before being planted in a well-drained soil mixture.

In conclusion, the Glaucous Dog Rose is a beautiful and versatile plant with a range of benefits for both humans and wildlife. From its stunning flowers and edible hips to its hardy and low-maintenance nature, this plant is a great choice for anyone looking to add a unique and valuable plant to their garden or landscape.


A Glaucous Dog Rose filmed in Adlington, Lancashire, 14th June 2022.


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