The Rubiginosae group of roses, also known as the Rusty Roses, is a group of wild roses native to Europe, Asia, and North America. These roses are characterized by their prickly stems, small leaves, and typically single, pink or white flowers that bloom in spring or early summer. The flowers are followed by small, red or orange hips that ripen in the fall and are often used for making jelly, tea, and vitamin supplements.
One of the most popular varieties of the Rubiginosae group is Rosa rubiginosa, also known as the Sweetbriar rose. This plant is prized for its fragrant foliage and attractive hips, as well as its hardiness and disease resistance. Other popular members of this group include Rosa glauca, with its blue-green leaves and purple stems, and Rosa eglanteria, also known as the Eglantine rose, which has fragrant pink flowers and bright red hips.
The Rubiginosae group has a long history of use in traditional medicine, and has been used to treat a variety of ailments, including colds, flu, fever, and digestive issues. In addition, many species in this group are valued for their ornamental qualities and are commonly used in landscaping and as hedgerows.