Nootka Rose Seeds
Nootka Rose Seeds
Ethically wild-harvested Nootka Rose (Rosa nutkana) seeds for organic growing.
All seed varieties are grown at our farm, Fireweed, or gathered sustainably from the near by wilds. We gather, process, and package every seed variety we carry ourselves with love and care in small batches. We never purchase seeds from outside sources to resell to you. All of our varieties are open-pollinated, grown without the use of chemicals, hybrid-free and GMO-free.
1 pkg (approx 20-30 seeds)
Nootka Rose, Wild Rose
Rosaceae (Rose Family)
PNW, native to coastal areas from Alaska to California.
Multi-stemmed desciduous shrub. Grows to about 4 or 5ft tall, 3ft wide and spreading to form patches by underground shoots.
Easy to grow and will tolerate a variety of conditions. Prefers full to part sun and moist soil. In the wild, Nootka Rose is common along forest edges, sunny fields, hedgerows, moist ditches, and farm fields.
The seeds germinate more easily when sown in fall, either outside in flats or directly in place. They also do fine started in the spring and then transplanted out once they are big enough.
Roses can be pruned in the dormant season to keep plants tidy.
Wild rose explodes into bloom the second week of May and continues to bloom for the next few weeks depending on the weather. A hard rain or intense spell of heat can both cut the harvest period tragically short. The petals can be harvested and the centre of the flower left on the plant, this will later swell and turn red and become the rose fruit, or ‘hip’. The petals and flower buds are best used fresh, they loose their properties quite rapidly when dried, only keeping their colour and scent for a few months.
The leaves can be harvested through out the bloom period and well into summer and fall. They become more bitter and astringent as the season progresses.
The hips form in the fall and are ready to harvest in late September and October. The cool dampness of November onward in the PNW will often cause the hips to go mouldy before we get a frost the sweeten them. The hips can be used fresh or dried in a dehydrator or oven on low.
Rose hips are high in vitamin C and can be made into syrups, jams, jellies, or dried for tea. Rose petals and leaves are edible as well.
The buds and open flowers of rose contain volatile oils that are soothing and uplifting and aid to relieve states of depression and broken-heartedness.
The hips are extremely high in vitamin C and help us to stay healthy in the winter, fight off colds and flus, keep regular and absorb our iron intake.
The leaves are fragrant of rose scent and act as a gentle astringent to help tighten tissues. All plant parts can be used to treat diarrhea, bed wetting, and frequent urination.
Native Plant Garden, Woodland Garden, Drought Tolerant, Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Apothecary Garden, Low Maintenance.