Roses with Hips

Rose hips are bright orange-red fruits that contain seeds, generally forming in late summer and fall.  They are very rich in Vitamin C and can be used to make herbal tea, jam, jelly, syrup and soup.  Just as there are many types of rose blooms, rose hips vary in shape and size.  Most hips are round but may be elongated or even bottle-shaped.  They can be born in clusters (like holly or elderberry), small groups of 3-4 hips, or a large, single display. 
Most roses have the ability to set hips; however, many hybrid teas are so packed with petals that pollinating bees or other insects can’t access the centers. Environmental factors such as drought can also affect hip production.  Roses most known for their hip displays usually have single, semi-double or otherwise cupped bloom form.

To allow rose hips to form, stop pruning roses around September 1st (blooms that form later in fall often “ball” due to rain and won’t open for pollination).  If bees are present (and hungry deer aren’t), the flowers will naturally develop into hips.  Encourage pollinators to visit your garden by creating a naturalized edge or hedgerow.

Hips can be used in flower arrangements or as a food source (as long as they have been grown organically – never consume hips that have been sprayed with chemicals, particularly systemics).

Foxi Pavement

Foxi Pavement (Hybrid Rugosa)

Roses with Hips

Species / Near Species Roses

  • Alba Maxima (white)
  • Kiftsgate (white)
  • Rosa glauca (medium pink)
  • Rosa moschata (white)
  • Rosa moyesii ‘Geranium’
  • Rosa Mundi (pink blend/striped)
  • Rosa rugosa (mauve)
  • Rosa rugosa alba (white)
  • Rosa rugosa rubra (deep pink)
  • Rosa woodsii (medium pink)

Landscape / Shrub Roses

  • Adelaide Hoodless (deep pink)
  • Bonica (medium pink)
  • Carefree Beauty (medium pink)
  • Carefree Delight (pink blend)
  • Cassie (white)
  • George Vancouver (medium red)
  • Golden Wings (light yellow)
  • Happy Chappy (yellow blend)
  • Knock Out (red blend/light red)
  • Lyda Rose (white/pink blend)
  • Morden Centennial (medium pink)
  • Pink Robin (medium pink)
  • Seafoam (white)
  • Floorshow Series: Crimson, Purple, Lavender, Orange, Rosy, Yellow
  • Meidiland Series: Alba, Coral, Fire, Magic, Mystic, Pink, Red

Hybrid Rugosa Roses

  • Ann Endt (dark red)
  • Belle Poitevine (medium pink)
  • Blanc Double de Coubert (white)
  • Charles Albanel (medium red)
  • Dart’s Dash (deep red/mauve)
  • Delicata (light pink/mauve)
  • Dwarf Pavement (medium pink)
  • Foxi Pavement (deep pink)
  • Fru Dagmar Hastrup (light pink)
  • Hansa (medium red/mauve)
  • Jens Munk (medium pink)
  • Magnifica (dark red/mauve)
  • Moje Hammarberg (mauve)
  • Pierette Pavement (deep pink)
  • Purple Pavement (mauve)
  • Scabrosa (mauve)
  • Snow Pavement (white)

Rambling Roses

  • Darlow’s Enigma (white)
  • Ethel (light pink)
  • Guirlande d’Amour (white)
  • Kew Rambler (medium pink)
  • Newport Fairy (pink blend)
  • Paul’s Himalayan Musk (pink)
  • Red Max Graf (medium red)

Climbers / Climbing Shrub Roses

  • Dortmund (medium red/ white eye)
  • Fourth of July (red blend/striped)
  • Love’s Song (deep orange-pink)
  • Paul’s Lemon Pillar (light yellow)
  • The Magician (yellow blend)
  • Summer Wine (orange-pink)
  • Westerland (apricot blend)
  • White New Dawn (white)

Hybrid Musk Roses

  • Ballerina (medium pink)
  • Buff Beauty (apricot blend)
  • Felicia (pink blend)
  • Penelope (light pink)
  • Sally Holmes (white)

David Austin® English Roses

  • Constance Spry (light pink)
  • John Clare (deep pink/light red)
  • Peach Blossom (light pink)
  • Scintillation (light pink)
  • Shropshire Lass (light pink)

Additional Roses with Showy Hips

  • Bourbon Queen (pink blend)
  • CLEcottoncandy (medium pink)
  • Complicata (pink blend)
  • Dainty Bess (light pink)
  • Earth Song (deep pink/pink blend)
  • Eddie’s Jewel (medium red)
  • John Cabot (medium red)
  • Kiese (medium red)
  • Lady Penzance (orange-pink blend)
  • Royal Carpet (mauve)
  • Seven Sisters (pink blend)

(Hybrid Wichurana)

Lyda Rose

Lyda Rose (Shrub)

Geranium Rose

(Hybrid Moyesii)

John Clare Rose

John Clare
(Shrub Rose, David Austin®)

Kiftsgate Rose


Alba Maxima Rose

Alba Maxima

Purple Floorshow Rose

Purple Floorshow

Kiese Rose

(Hybrid Canina)

Rose Hips Video