Rosa gymnocarpa


4 in stock

4 in stock

Rosa gymnocarpa, also known as Baldhip Rose, is a charming and versatile addition to any garden. The slender stems are adorned with soft, straight prickles, and pinnately divided leaves with 5-7 leaflets. This deciduous shrub is a low-maintenance choice for woodland gardens or shady areas.

In the spring, the shrub bursts into bloom with fragrant, flat, and open-faced flowers in shades of pale pink, which are a delight for bees and other pollinators. These flowers are followed by bright red rose-hips that persist throughout the winter, providing an important food source for birds and small mammals.

In addition to its aesthetic appeal, Baldhip Rose has a number of medicinal uses. A poultice of the chewed leaves can help alleviate the pain of bee stings, while a decoction of the bark has been used as a wash for sore eyes. The fruit of many members of the Rosa genus, including Baldhip Rose, is a rich source of vitamins and minerals, and is being investigated for its potential to reduce the incidence of cancer.

Baldhip Rose is also edible, with the fruit being consumed raw or cooked. The fruit is sweetest after a frost and is a good source of vitamin C. The young shoots and petals can also be eaten raw.

With its shade tolerance, fragrant flowers, and year-round food source, Baldhip Rose is a versatile and valuable addition to any garden. This shrub has thorns or prickles, so care should be taken when handling it.

Additional information

Common Name

Baldhip Rose


Height 1.5 m

Pot Size

1 gallon

Water Use



Full shade, Full sun, Part sun/part shade

Soil Moisture

Dry, Moist

Low to medium shrub, 0.3-1.5 m tall; stems spindly, erect to spreading, usually bristly with numerous soft, straight prickles all about the same size, occasionally unarmed especially on younger stems, which are often stalked-glandular; mature stems greyish-brown.

Alternate, deciduous, odd-pinnately compound, the leaf-stalk and axis somewhat stalked-glandular; leaflets 5, 7 or 9, elliptic, 1-4 cm long, double-toothed with gland-tipped teeth, otherwise smooth; stipules glandular and usually blunt-toothed.

Inflorescence of usually single, occasionally 2 to 3, stalked flowers at the ends of lateral branchlets, the stalks bristly-glandular; corollas pale pink to rose, bowl- to saucer-shaped, small (2-3.5 cm across), the petals 5, 10-15 mm long; calyces 5-lobed, the lobes 5-12 mm long, egg-shaped to triangular tapering to a tail-like sharp tip, smooth or occasionally glandular on the back, deciduous; ovaries superior but enclosed in the urn-shaped floral tube (hypanthium); stamens numerous.

Achenes, few to about 12, smooth except for a few long hairs at the tip, enclosed by the fleshy hypanthium, which ripens into an orange to scarlet, pear-shaped to ellipsoid hip 6-10 mm long, the neck and calyx-lobes deciduous.