Belongs to: rose family

Dog rose Rosa canina


Best time to see: Jun to end Sep

Key facts

The commonest hedgerow rose, with scented pink or white flowers in clusters of up to three

Arching branches with dark green leaves and hooked thorns spread widely

Scarlet hips develop in autumn, used to make preserves and eaten by birds and small mammals such as voles

Extras

Growths known as robin's pincushions are caused by gall wasps, whose young develop within the plant and emerge in spring

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  • gall

Photo © Phil Luke

Photo © Tony Gunton