Apothecary's Rose

Rosa Gallica is one of the oldest roses we have, there are hints of it in texts ranging back to 12th Century B.C. The Persians hailed the rose as a symbol of love and medieval monks loved the petals because they are antibacterial, astringent and can be used as a tonic. When taken as a draft or tea they can be used in the treatment of colds, bronchial infections, gastritis, diarrhea, depression and lethargy. Externally, they can be applied as a cream or as a poultice for eye infections, sore throats, minor injuries and skin problems*. That aside, the bees love it and since we created our herb garden we have been looking for a rose that fits into it.

Apothecary's Rose

We dug out one rose that was thug and then placed the new Rosa Gallica in a pot to see how it would do. It has done well, seeing off an aphid attack and putting on blooms in its first year and we are talking a rose that is heavy in flowers and that damask smell that fills the garden. We'll show you more of this rose as the flowers swell and grow, and we will look at the hips as they swell and see if they make jelly. Exciting rose times ahead.

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*Remember, common sense always applies in old medical techniques and if you are having problems you are recommended to see a GP.

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