Blooming roses are filling our gardens with color and fragrance now. Many of them, and their family members as well, can provide us with delicious fruits and herbal remedies for months to come. Rosaceae, the rose genus of plants, includes a variety of flowering and fruiting plants and trees, many of which are familiar garden favorites. You probably already have one or more growing in your own garden now.

Recently Denise DeSpirito, gardener at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden, spoke on rose-inspired herbal remedies, highlighting several plants in the genus — many edible and all with medicinal properties to offer. They include everything from apples to berries to flowers and foliage to enjoy eating or to treat a range of symptoms. As always when using plants from our gardens or those gathered, it is essential to be able to positively identify the plants to avoid possible unwanted consequences, and consult your physician before using medicinal herbs.

Most of these rose family plants are grown in gardens, though some are collected from the wild. Herbal uses include fresh or dried herbs or fruits used in teas or tinctures or simply eaten.

Here are a few plants of the Rosaceae genus and their benefits, in alphabetical order:

• Apples (Malus pumila) With more than 7,500 cultivars, apples have something to offer everyone and have religious and mythological significance in many cultures, including Norse, Greek and European Christian traditions. Packed with flavor and nutrition, everyone knows an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

• Agrimony (Agrimonia Eupatoria) This leafy perennial produces small yellow flowers. Its blooms and foliage can be dried for teas. Uses include treating nervousness, digestive and bladder issues.

• Cinquefoil (Potentilla recta) This wildflower has small yellow blooms that can be used in addition to foliage to treat gum issues. The red root of this plant has been used as a dye.

• Hawthorne (Crataegus) A small tree, hawthorne’s whitish blooms, the foliage and berries are reported to contain rutin, which is believed to improve the elasticity of capillaries and reduce cholesterol levels as well as high blood pressure. It is reported to reduce anxiety and irritability.

• Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis) This favorite garden perennial has airy clusters of yellow blooms, and both the blooms and foliage can be used to treat a number of women’s issues.

• Mountain ash (Rowan) This handsome little native tree not only offers a variety of herbal uses, but also carries a mythological promise of protection for a home where it is planted. In June these trees rival crabapples, with masses of tiny white blooms. The bright red berries that follow in the fall are high in antioxidants and provide an astringent gargle for a sore throat when used in a tea.

• Native meadowsweet (Spiraea alba) Also called Filipendula, this common perennial contains salicylates, the active ingredient in aspirin. Leaves and flowers can be used to treat rheumatic issues and inflammation.

• Raspberry (Rubus idaeus) The delicious berries contain powerful antioxidants, and it is reported they contain a component which may protect the eye from sun damage. The leaves can be used in teas as a uterine tonic.

• Roses (Rugosa) Our rugosa roses are most often the ones we associate those cherry-red hips with, but other roses also produce the hips that are rich in vitamin C. Flowers and the hips that follow traditionally have been used to treat anxiety issues.

• Salad burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis) Both foliage and blooms are used fresh in salads with a distinct cucumber-like flavor. Medicinally, it is used for gum and lower bowel issues.

• Strawberries (Fragaria) Like all members of the rose clan, strawberries have flowers with five petals and five sepals (that green part at the base of the flower) and they produce one of our favorite berries. Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C, iron, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin B6, vitamin K and vitamin E, manganese, folate (B9) and potassium, and contain small amounts of several other vitamins and minerals. Plus they are a great source of fiber. And yes, the little wild strawberries that grow so abundantly here are edible.

A rose by any other name is just one of a host of members of a most agreeable family with lots to offer.