The seed is a good source of vitamin E, it can be ground and mixed with flour or added to other foods as a supplement. Be sure to remove the seed hairs. The blossoms are used for scenting tea.The petals are preserved in sugar and used as a delicacy. They can also be added to fruit pies as a flavouring.
The petals are laxative. A syrup made from the petals is used to treat constipation in infants. The fruit of many members of this genus is a very rich source of vitamins and minerals, especially in vitamins A, C and E, flavanoids and other bio-active compounds. It is also a fairly good source of essential fatty acids, which is fairly unusual for a fruit. It is being investigated as a food that is capable of reducing the incidence of cancer and also as a means of halting or reversing the growth of cancers.The essential oil is used in aromatherapy. Its keyword is 'Cleansing'.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood with a heel, July in a shaded frame. Overwinter the plants in the frame and plant out in late spring. High percentage. Cuttings of mature wood of the current seasons growth. Select pencil thick shoots in early autumn that are about 20 - 25cm long and plant them in a sheltered position outdoors or in a cold frame. The cuttings can take 12 months to establish but a high percentage of them normally succeed. Division of suckers in the dormant season. Plant them out direct into their permanent positions.Layering. Takes 12 months.
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A very ornamental plant, there are many named forms developed for their ornamental value. The flowers are fragrant. The Provence rose is often cultivated for its essential oil in southern France and Morocco. It is closely related to R. damascena and R. gallica. Grows well with alliums, parsley, mignonette and lupins. Garlic planted nearby can help protect the plant from disease and insect predation. Grows badly with boxwood. Plants produce a few suckers. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus.Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus.
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