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Rugosa roseRosa rugosa
Wild Rose
A tea made of the petals of this plant is said to induce dreams of one's future mate, and perhaps this is what made some people connect this magick herb with Moon. However, this pink-flowered rose is also considered the combination of red (feminine) and white (masculine) roses, a kind of summation of both, so this flower would be good for work invoking completion or unity. This is of course a traditional herb for love magick, and this wild version might be a good choice for an especially risky (thorny) or passionate relationship. Traditionally, rose petals strewn on the bed aid love spells.

Seeds for white rugosa roseThis wild rose originated in Siberia and the Far East (the Japanese made a delicate yellow silk dye from the roots) and came to Europe in 1796. It is one of the few roses that blooms more than once a season. This is no gutless florist rose--it has a very sweet, old-fashioned fragrance and is quite spiny, another example of Venus toughness. Indeed, Venus indulges in a bit of Mars protection with this prickly plant, because it makes a great hedge for keeping out snoopers, or plant it under a window to deter burglars. Spines also keep rabbits from eating the bark in the winter. It gets nice big hips, up to 1" in diameter, and has more flesh per fruit than most hips. Birds love them. Hips contain lots of vitamin C and in this species, essential fatty acids. Be careful when eating the fruits not to eat the seeds, because they have hairs on them that can irritate the stomach. The petals are good on butter sandwiches if you cut off their white tips, they make a good tea for hangovers or indigestion, and they can be put into sugar to give it a rose flavor. In winter this shrub is quite bare and its prickles make it look like it belongs in the yard of the Addams family. This plant gets 4-6 ft tall and just as wide. It is hardy to the far north (zone 2, -40 F/C). This plant is also known as wrinkle-leaf rose, saltspray rose, beach tornado, Japanese, Sitka, Hedgehog, and Turkestan rose. I now have white, red, and pink varieties. Top

Rugosa rose hip How to grow wild rose: These seeds are tough to germinate. The easiest way to germinate them is to plant them in a pot outside in the fall. Just barely cover with soil, and then cover with a screen or something else that light and rain can get through but not mice or birds. They will germinate in the spring. Or try outdoor treatment. Or scarify the seeds by rubbing them between sheets of sandpaper and soak them for 48 hours in hot water, changing for fresh hot water every 12 hours (use a small thermos). They are meant to pass through an animal's gut before germination (some people use a 4-day soak in room-temperature orange juice to simulate that--it will ferment in that time--then wash them off). Sow in a paper towel that has been wet and wrung out, fold, gently press together, and put in a thin plastic bag (don't close it) and keep them in the fridge for 3-4 months, checking regularly for germination. If they germinate first, plant right away. Otherwise, take out and plant as usual to germinate at cool room temperatures in 21-90 days. Or sow on Winter Solstice (see special directions on the Solstice Sowing page). Harden off (get them used to sun and fresh air gradually) and transplant to full sun. It will grow pretty much anywhere except soggy soil and will even grow by the beach. Once it gets established, you can get many more rose bushes by allowing it to produce suckers (baby plants that grow up from the roots) or just take a cutting 6-8"/15-20cm, dip in rooting hormone, and stick in sand. Garlic planted near this bush will help deter bugs and disease.  Don't spray chemicals on this rose, because they will kill it. Store seeds in the refrigerator. General growing info. Top

Rosa rugosa
Red Wild Rose Red
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Rosa rugosa
Pink Wild Rose
35 seeds $3.50

Rosa rugosa
White Wild Rose
35 seeds $3.50

Uses in Witchcraft & Magic:

Love Magick
Venus/Moon Herb

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