Gardening where the sidewalk ends

Big hips September 1, 2008

Saw this giganto rose hip in a parking strip garden the other day. Guessing it’s a rugosa rose of some sort, man that was a big ol’ hip! I should have put my thumb in for scale, it was practically as big as a plum. (No, I’m not going to make any plump posterior comments, beyond the post’s title…)

Rose hip

Kind of looks like a mini pomegranate or a purple tomato. I’ve never grown rugosas, but they make a good tough plant for the street garden as long as you are willing to prune out their suckers. The flowers aren’t as showy or fragrant as hybrid roses, but they are virtually disease-free and don’t seem to require nearly so much care. The hips are even edible, and they contain a ton of Vitamin C.


3 Responses to “Big hips”

  1. PGL Says:

    I’ve seen the size of the hips on Rugosas and they are impressive in size. The color is quite nice when the blooms have faded too.

  2. Nancy Bond Says:

    Those are some mighty big hips! My MIL swears that rose hi tea keeps her cold-free all winter. 🙂

  3. greenwalks Says:

    PGL –

    I know a lot of people think that rugosas are the poor/homely cousin of the rose family, but I admire their toughness and the hips are just an added bonus.


    Nancy –

    Yeah, lots of Vitamin C in those! Does she harvest and brew her own? Very cool, if so!

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