Dog-rose Rosa canina

"...with sweet musk-roses and with eglantine."

- William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"


The stylised rose of mediveval heraldry. Known in Shakespeare's time as eglantine, what this native rose lacks in scent it makes up for in blushing beauty. 

Where it grows


Best time to see

June and July when it flowers.

Cultural info

  • The County Flower of Hampshire. 
  • In the Language of Flowers it is said to symbolise pleasure and pain(!)

How's it doing?

Thought to be stable.

3 things you may not know

  • Whilst usually about five metres in height, dog-rose can scramble to the tops of tall trees.
  • Rosehip syrup made from the dog-rose has four times the Vitamin C of blackcurrant juice and twenty times as much as orange juice.
  • It is emblem of the Scottish Rose clan.

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