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Mattea Wuethrich

I am sharing my findings of the Rosa gallica:

– Cultivated by Greeks & Romans, used in mediaeval gardens
– Until the 19th century: the most important species of rose to be cultivated
– Can survive temperatures down to -25 degrees
– Rosehips can be foraged in winter!

Medicinal uses: The petals are antibacterial, astringent and tonic. They are taken internally to treat colds, bronchial infections, gastritis, diarrhoea, depression and lethargy. Externally, they are used to treat eye infections, sore throats, minor injuries and skin problems. The fruit of many members of this genus is a very rich source of vitamins and minerals, especially in vitamins A, C and E, flavanoids and other bio-active compounds.

Rosa mundi shares all Rosa gallica characteristics except white stripes. It also attracts bees and is tolerant of poorer soil and shade.

I haven’t been making a lot of use of roses but I definitely want to change that! Covering the petals in chocolate sounds amazing! I would also like to make oil from the petals and rosehip jam.