Rosa rubiginosa | Wein-Rose | Austrian briar

4 May 2011 fittingly called ‘Austrian briar’ (but also known as Sweet briar or Eglantine rose) is already afflorescing at the Botanischer Garten der Universität Wien.

The green leaves have a very pleasant old-fashioned apple smell. The very young shoots can be eaten (in early spring), as well as the flowers (in early summer, though the white base can be bitter) and of course, the rose-hips (in late autumn).

In European painting, the Austrian briar is a symbol of poetry as it was extolled by poets as the most beautiful flower.


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