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Wild Rose

Rosa woodsii
Rosaceae family

The Wild Rose is just that. These shrubby roses can grow most anyplace and, when the grow, they really grow. Their branches tangle into knots and I've attempted to prune neglected bushes that were about 10 feet by 10 feet. Like your ornamental roses, they have thorns, their leaves are serrated and they also have red berries (rose hips).

Ripe rose hips are high in Vitamin C and are edible but are too seedy for most people.




Once again, they are used best in teas and jellies. One can also see them in some vitamin C tablets. Seeds can be cooked and eaten for muscular pain relief. Flower petals can be used as a bacteriostatic bandage for burns and wounds. In addition, a leaf poultice* can be used for treating insect stings and bites. The roots have general uses like sore throat, an astringent for diarrhea and to stop bleeding.

*a soft usually heated and sometimes medicated mass spread on cloth and applied to sores or other lesions

Silver Buffaloberry

Four-wing Saltbush


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