This species of wild rose is variety found throughout Europe, Asia and northern Africa. The climbing habit of this shrub is aided by sharp, claw-like thorns that line its stems, a feature referenced by the common names witches' briar and briar rose. The plant is also called dog rose, likely due to its species name of canina.
The delicate flowers lend color, vitamin C and other antioxidants to teas, syrups, jams, wines and cordials. The petals are also infused in oil or alcohol for cosmetic use.