Dog Rose is a
perennial plant of the UK, typically found growing in woodland, scrubland and waste ground, to a mature height of up to 300cm.
The origin of the name 'Dog Rose' is uncertain. One explanation is that 'dog' may be a way of labelling the wild plant as a poor relation of the cultivated varieties of rose. Another theory is that the plant is named after the traditional use of its roots to treat dog bites.
Botanic classification and naming: Dog Rose is a member of the Rose (Rosaceae) family. The genus name
'Rosa' identifies the plant as a Rose and its species name 'canina' means 'dog'.
Benefits: Attracts bees and butterflies. Caterpillars of several moth species and those of the Grizzled Skipper butterfly, feed on the leaves. The plant's rosehips, produced after flowering, provide a late food source for birds, including Blackbirds and Thrushes.
Benefits to wildlife are also indicated with orange icons in the plant profile bar at the top.