I ran across what I think were some young, small wild roses. They have the toothed leaves like our wild roses, and they had rose hips. Unfortunately, I did not see them in bloom. But the hips are already red; I was under the impression all rose hips got read in the fall. I'd like to pick and eat them, but the color of the hips bothers me. Does anyone know if rose hips can turn red in summer? Or what kind of seed pod might be confused with a wild rose? Thanks! Kristina
Rose hips do ripen in late summer through autumn, but I'm sure these have ripened a bit early due to our extreme weather conditions this year...everything is blooming early, drying up early, etc. They should be fine.
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Rose hips are the seed pods of roses and they will ripen anytime if the flowers are pollinated and the weather is such that they can. Some areas could see ripe rose hips in July while others may not see them until late August or September. This year, especially, with the abnormally warm weather most everything is weeks earlier than normal.
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