Our native wild rose has fragrant flowers in pink or white and bright red rose hips. Each of these stages of growth feature in Sally Caulwell’s distinctive illustration. The rose is a popular symbolic theme in Irish folk songs and lore. The flower is often symbolic of a young woman’s beauty, even Ireland herself is associated with the dog-rose or Roisin Dubh. A food source to the Irish since ancient times, the rosehip is now recognized as a great source of vitamin C, fresh hips contain 50% more than oranges. Foragers often use the fruit in syrups, teas, and preserves.
One of a series of four botanical illustrations based on Ireland's native hedgerows by Dublin illustrator Sally Caulwell. Blackthorn, primrose and the humble dandelion also feature. Dimensions: A4 (210 x 297mm) print on 340gsm uncoated paper. Print inset with a white border.