Rose Hips In Maine
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"Rose Hips in Maine" by Catherine Sherman.
Raindrops adorn two rose hips, the fruit of the beach rose, Rosa Rugosa. The beautiful dark pink blooms of these hardy roses are prolific along coastal Maine. They are called rugosa (Latin) for their distinctive wrinkled leaves.
Roses and apples are from the same family, Rosaceae, and the similarities of the two genus (Rosa and Malus) are visible in the fruit. Rose hips are edible and are rich in Vitamin C.
R. rugosa was first introduced into North America in 1845 from Japan because they tolerate salt water. These roses were found naturalized in Nantucket in 1899 far from its original planting and were spreading rapidly by 1911. By 1920, the rose had been well established in Nantucket and in Connecticut. Ten years later it was said to be "straying rapidly" and today it is naturalized on the entire coast of New England and in scattered locations around the Northeast and Pacific Northwest.
October 30th, 2019
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