These brightly colored blooms come from the Dog Rose, a species of climbing rose native to Europe, Asia and parts of Africa. It is this species that is depicted in European art and coat of arms designs to indicate heraldry. The dog rose is also found at the center of plaster ceilings as a symbol that what is spoken in the room will be held in confidence. (Look up the next time you’re in a lawyer’s office or court room that resides in an old building.)
Dried rose buds and petals, which are a good source of vitamin C, are a colorful addition to tea blends and potpourri mixtures.
This deciduous shrub, also known as dog rose, is a climbing species of rose that naturally occurs in central Europe, Asia and parts of Africa. It is also cultivated as a garden ornamental in other temperate climates.
The flowers are used in tea blends, usually in combination with other herbs and flowers. Dried rose buds and petals are also added to soups and salads and make exceptional decorations for cakes and pastries. Infused in oil or alcohol, rose petals are transformed into creams, lotions, colognes and perfumes.