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10 remarkably useful plants you can find in the wild

By: Laura Moss on July 6, 2011, 9:30 a.m.
rose hips

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Rose hips

The fruits of the rose plant are typically reddish orange and form in the spring and ripen by late summer or early fall. Rose hips can be found growing on various species of wild roses throughout the U.S. and will cling to the plant throughout winter. These fruits are an excellent source of vitamins C, A and E, and wild rose hips can be eaten or made into a tea to treat colds and sore throats. Rose hips also have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and are useful in treating rheumatoid arthritis.