Fruit - raw or cooked. The fruit is about 20mm in diameter, but there is only a thin layer of flesh surrounding the many seeds[K]. Some care has to be taken when eating this fruit, see the notes above on known hazards. Young peeled shoots can be eaten raw.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.
Material usesThere are no material uses listed for Rosa chinensis.
The leaves, fruits and roots are decocted and used in the treatment of arthritis, boils, coughs etc. The fruit is applied to sprains, ulcers and wounds. The flower buds are used in the treatment of dysmenorrhoea, poor circulation, stomach pains and swellings.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.
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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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. This species is one of the parents of all the modern large, repeat-flowering roses grown in the world today. It is occasionally cultivated for speciality restaurants, there is at least one named variety. There are many named varieties selected for their ornamental value. The flowers are richly scented. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus.Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus.
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