or rose·hip(rōz'hĭp') n. The aggregate fruit of the rose plant, consisting of several dry fruitlets enclosed by the enlarged, fleshy, usually red floral cup that is used for jelly or tea.
Where do roses grow in the United States? Pretty much everywhere. Roses grow in all 50 states and, in 1986, were designated America's national flower and floral emblem. The rose has been around for tens of millions of years. Its petals and hips are edible. Rose hips, which have been used in medicines since ancient times, contain vitamins C, E, and K, as well as pectin, beta carotene and bioflavinoids to protect and enhance the immune system. Rose hips are also helpful in maintaining safe cholesterol and blood pressure levels, and an efficient digestive system. The rose is not just the national flower — several individual states also adopted it as their state's bloom. Georgia's flower is the Cherokee rose; Iowa's and North Dakota's, the Wild prairie rose; Oklahoma's, the Oklahoma rose; and New York went simply with the rose. June is National Rose Month, honoring America's favorite flower.