12 responses to “Rosa macrophylla”

  1. Barbara Lamb

    “But he who dares not grasp the thorn
    Should never crave the rose.”
    ― Anne Brontë

    1. Keith


  2. Helen Spencer

    Stunning photo!

  3. Ian

    What a stunning photo. Bokeh and colors oh my.

  4. Pat Collins

    I would politely suggest that it is only botanists who want to define a difference between thorns, spines and prickles. The general run of other humans are happy to go with those 17th century writers who said the rose had thorns (Milton, Thomas Adams), spines (Shakespeare & Fletcher) and prickles (Peter Sterry, Randle Cotgrave).

    Did they not have gloves and secateurs in Anne Brontë’s time?

  5. Steve Edler

    During & after WWII we kids were given rose hip syrup as a source of vitamin C. No idea of the source of the hips. Still have a recipe in MAFF’s publication, “Home Preservation of Food”.

    1. Pat Collins

      The story behind the World War II collection of rosehips is quite fascinating.

  6. Virginia (Ginger) Steele

    The plant must be delicious to be so effectively armored! The deer that eat roses down to the ground on my patio certainly think so…. G. Steele

  7. Barbara

    I well remember collecting rose hips in southern England during the war. My sister and I did get some syrup when recovering from measles, but otherwise had none. We were ‘too old’.

  8. Terry-Anya Hayes

    According to this, Rosa macrophylla seldom “has prickles but when present they occur in pairs…”

  9. Tiiu Mayer

    I work with invasive plant removal (in this case multiflora rose) and learned that one way to distinguish MFR was by the downward facing thorns. Now I see this rose with downward facing thorns….perhaps I need to refine my description in the brochure I wrote?

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