Swamp Rose, Rosa palustris

Swamp Rose

Rosa palustris

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Bloom Time: Summer
Hardiness Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Soil Conditions: Loam
Soil Moisture: Wet
Color: Pink
Fragrance: Yes
Height: 3-6 feet
Spacing: 3-6 feet

Swamp Rose, Rosa palustris, is an upright deciduous shrub with arching branches that typically grows to 3-6 feet tall and as wide. It is native to wet ground, swamps, marshes, ditches, stream banks. Reddish stems with curved prickles are clad with pinnately compound medium to dark green leaves. Each leaf typically has 7 broad-elliptic, finely-toothed, dark green leaflets (to 2 1/2" long) which are pointed at both ends. Fragrant, single pink roses with contrasting yellow center stamens bloom from late spring to early summer. Flowers are followed by pea-sized red hips. Leaves turn often attractive shades of red in fall.

Habitats consist of wet sand prairies, swamps and sandy swamps, soggy thickets, peaty bogs, gravelly seeps, marshes and sandy marshes, and ditches.

Best grown in acidic, organically rich, boggy to wet soils in full sun. Tolerates light shade, but best flowering and disease resistance generally occur in full sun. Plants will not grow in standing water, but will tolerate some seasonal flooding. Good air circulation promotes vigorous and healthy growth and helps control foliar diseases. Prune as needed in late winter. Plants slowly spread

 Plant Notes and Herbal Uses
  Good selection for wet poorly drained soils.
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