Roses

Rose Hips for Tea

Rose hips are high in vitamin C and make a citrus flavored tea. All roses create hips. The hip is the part of the plant right at the base of the flower and show themselves as round balls once the flower petals have dwindled away and fallen to the ground. The hip would normally be trimmed off while dead heading and discarded.

 

After collecting the hips and when you are ready to make tea it is best to slice the hips in half. You can remove the seed inside or leave it, it does not have a significant role in the flavor of the tea. If you decide to remove the seeds go ahead and remove them before drying the hips.

 

Rugosa varieties produce the best teas, according to my research and are very cold tolerant. Roses are bushes that will grow to six feet tall and need frequent trimming to produce more flowers.

Geraniums

This entry is from: Project Gutenberg’s The Botanical Magazine, Vol. I, by William Curtis

Geranium Peltatum. Ivy-Leaved Geranium.

Class and Order.

Monadelphia Decandria.

Generic Character.

Monogyna. Stigmata quinque. Fructus rostratus. 5-coccus.

Specific Character.

GERANIUM peltatum calycibus monophyllis, foliis quinquelobis integerrimis glabris subpeltatis, caule fruticoso. Linn. Syst. Vegetab. ed. 14. p. 613.

GERANIUM africanum, foliis inferioribus asari, superioribus staphidisagriæ maculatis splendentibus et acetosæ sapore. Comm. Præl. 52. t. 2.

A native of Africa, as are most of our shewy Geraniums, is not so tender as many others, and may be propagated very readily from cuttings.

A leaf, having its foot-stalk inserted into the disk or middle part of it, or near it, is called by Linnæus, peltatum, hence the Latin trivial name of this plant. It may be observed, however, that some of the leaves have this character more perfectly than others.

The African Geraniums differ much from the European, in the irregularity of their Petals, but exhibit the character of the Class Monadelphia much better than any of our English ones, having their filaments manifestly united into one body; this species has only 7 filaments bearing antheræ, but 3 barren ones may be discovered upon a careful examination, which makes it of the order Decandria.