Prickly rose

Prickly rose, credit: Malcolm Manners CC BY 2.0


  • Up to 1.5 m in height with prickly stems and branches
  • Red hips (fruit) usually 1 or 2 cm in length, flowers pink


  • Open woods, thickets, rocky slopes

Harvesting Time

  • Spring to winter

Uses and Related Information

  • Raw petals can be added to salads, teas and jellies are said to soothe headaches, mouth sores and indigestion
  • Buds, young shoots and leaves can be eaten raw or sautéed with other vegetables
  • Rosehips are high in vitamins and nutrients and can be dried or boiled in teas, or preserved in jams or jellies (though this can be very time-consuming due to their small size and the large number required to make a medium sized batch of jam)
  • Three rosehips are said to contain the same amount of vitamin C as one orange


Use only whole rosehips or their fleshy outside layer, as the seeds can cause intestinal discomfort