We have had frost already and all my Knock Out Roses are still blooming. I know this rose has gotten a bad reputation and they are a lot of trouble because of all the thorns, pruning required and susceptibility to Rose Rosette Disease. Even with all that, I still have a few in my yard and I have to say they are spectacular all summer.
|A Knock Out Rose Hip|
One great thing about Knockout roses is the rose hips. They have tons of really nice rose hips for you folks who use them medicinally.
Here is a good article about how to dry rose hips and make rose hip tea.
And here is what WebMd has to say about Rose Hips:
"Rose hips are the round portion of the rose flower just below the petals. Rose hips contain the seeds of the rose plant. Dried rose hips and the seeds are used together to make medicine.Fresh rose hips contain a lot of vitamin C, so they share many uses with vitamin C including preventing and treating colds, flu, and vitamin C deficiencies. However, much of the vitamin C in rose hips is destroyed during drying and processing and also declines rapidly during storage. Because of this, many rose hip-derived "natural" vitamin C products have actually been fortified with lab-made vitamin C, but their labels may not always say so.Rose hips are also used for stomach disorders including stomach spasms, stomach acid deficiency, preventing stomach irritation and ulcers, and as a "stomach tonic" for intestinal diseases. They are also used for diarrhea, constipation, gallstones, gallbladder ailments, lower urinary tract and kidney disorders, fluid retention (dropsy or edema), gout, back and leg pain (sciatica), diabetes, high cholesterol, weight loss, high blood pressure, chest ailments, fever, increasing immune function during exhaustion, increasing blood flow in the limbs, increasing urine flow and quenching thirst.