Dog Rose

  • Irish name: Feidhris

  • Scientific name: Rosa Canina

Rosa Canina is commonly known as a Dog Rose. It is found in hedgerows. In Ireland, County Leitrim is nick named “The wild rose county” due to the prevalence of the dog rose in the area. When in bloom the flowers have a beautiful fragrance. In autumn the rose hips turn red. People collect the rose hips and make wine from it. In Britain during World War 2, the hips were collected gathered to make a syrup as there was a shortage of citrus fruits. Dog rose hips are a rich source of vitamins C, and also of A, D and E.