Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park


Dog Rose
Rosa canina
of the Rose family
a shrub
90 -270 cm high
blooms June - July
likes hedgerows, scrublands
can be seen by the Clyde

The Greeks believed that the roots of this wild rose could cure the effects of the bite of a mad dog. This led the Romans to name the flower Rosa canina - literally "Dog Rose". It is then perhaps ironic that Henry VIII should adopt as his symbol this rose which he called the Tudor Rose. Syrup of the Dog Rose hip has been given to children for many years as a source of vitamin C.