DAMASK ROSE (Rosa damascena)
Sprawling or erect shrub with armed branches. Leaves are
divided into 5-7 leaflets, slightly downy. Between May and June
sweetly scented pink flowers appear.
Widely cultivated in Cyprus, this is a very ancient garden rose
probably of hybrid origin. Also occurs as an escape from cultivation in
hedges, on roadsides and in clearings in pine forests.
Uses and Properties
A sweet preserve is made from the petals which has
cathartic properties. Also used in making rose water, attar of roses and in