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Burnet Rose

Rosa spinosissima

Plant Data

Order:
Rosales
Family:
Rosaceae (Rose)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Creamy white solitary flowers, seldomly pale pink. 5 petals.
Fruit:
The fruit is called a hip, or rose hip and is purplish-black, up to 1.5cm in diameter. The rose hips are filled with numerous seeds. The Burnet Rose is named after the colour of its fruit. Burnet means 'dark brown'. This plant is easy to identify because of the colour of its fruit.
Leaves:
A deciduous scrambling climber. Pinnate leaves. The 7 to 9 roundish leaflets have serrated margins.
Maximum Size:
50cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The seeds are edible and are a good source of vitamin E. The fruits are high in vitamin C and can be eaten, raw or cooked. Care is required in order to remove the seed hairs situated beneath the fruit. These hairs may cause irritation to the digestive tract and mouth if eaten.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Fragrant flowers.
Other Names:
Scotch Rose, Scots Rose, Scottish Rose.
Habitats:
Grassland, heathland, mountains, sand dunes, seaside.