Petals - used as a flavouring in sorbets, confections etc. Very fragrant.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 gigantea.
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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This species is not very hardy in Britain, tolerating only light frosts. Another report says that some provenances might tolerate occasional lows to -10°c. It succeeds outdoors only in the milder areas of the country and is best grown against a south-facing wall. 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. Closely related to Rosa odorata, and considered to be no more than a subspecies of that plant by some botanists. The edible fruit is sometimes sold in local markets in the Himalayas. There is at least one named form, 'Belle Portugaise' has flowers 10 - 12cm across, the petals are rated very highly for their culinary uses. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus.Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus.
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