Oh Rosey, Wrinkled Roses!   3 comments


In every culture, world-wide, throughout history, Roses have been enjoyed, employed, appreciated and paid tribute to, for their restorative properties; via fragrance, tea, lotion, potion, perfume, poetry, potpourri, jelly, medicine, jam, floral arrangement, water, health tonic, candy, song, essential oil, and hip!


This is Rosa rugosa, Wrinkled Rose or Salt-Spray Rose; a beauty with 5 overlapping purplish-rose to white petals; and a fabulous, pistil loaded, yellow center; blooming from June – September.  Rose petals are wonderful raw, and make an ordinary salad very fancy!

With 5 – 9 compound, toothy, wrinkly leaflets on short bristly stems, Wrinkled Rose grows in dense, thorny clumps from 2 – 6 ft tall.

Wrinkled Roses can be found along, “Sand dunes, seashores, roadsides. Minn. Through Great Lakes region to Quebec and New Brunswick, south along the coast to N.J.” (1)


Be careful of the tiny thorns; which are difficult to see, but, oh so very sharp!


I’ll come back here in the Fall to pick Rosehips, the plump, smooth orange to red fruits; which are loaded with vitamin C and so very tasty!  And, “Rosehips will help the body’s defenses against infections and especially the development of colds.” (2)  Making Rosehip tea and jam are traditional winter-time favorites.


Remember to rinse, all you harvest, in cold water; and remove any hitch hikers.


After these petals dry, they will go into my Flower Petal tea blend.  The buds will go into potpourri.  I will be picking more Wrinkled Rose petals to add to this years’ batch of Body Oil.


In her Herbal, Penelope Ody lists  the beneficial medicinal actions of Roses: “Antidepressant, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, astringent, sedative, digestive stimulant, increases bile production, cleansing, antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, kidney tonic, blood tonic, menstrual regulator, anti-inflammatory.”  Ody goes on to note, “Rose oil contains some 300 chemical constituents, of which only around 100 have been identified so far.” (3) 


Now, don’t you want to go pick some?  Remember, pick safe! L’chiam!

I am so grateful for this wonderful bounty.  Hey Nickety!

Just click on any photo to enlarge.

Thanx for stopping by.  See you soon.


In Loving Memory of

My Little Mommy,

Jean Elise Contesse Baxter Dalas,

also lovingly known as 



 (1) PETERSON FIELD GUIDES Edible Wild Plants, Lee Allen Peterson

Houghton Mifflin Company, 1977


Element Books, 1999


Dorling Kindersley Books, 1993


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