Rosa palustris – Swamp Rose

Published on June 10, 2012 by Casey

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 Swamp Rose
Swamp Rose

The single pink flowers are quite pretty and fragrant. They are 2″ across, bloom in mid-summer and provide nectar for native bees and butterflies. The flowers give way to smooth red hips (fruit) which are eaten by birds and other wildlife. This attractive plant is perfect for poorly drained, wet soil. This many-branched shrub has gracefully arching branches. Plants will spread slowly by suckers, providing wonderful nesting spots for birds and cover for other creatures.

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  • Fragrant flowers in early summer
  • Flowers provide nectar for native bees and other pollinators
  • Rose hips attract birds Brilliant red fall foliage
  • Plants provide cover for wildlife and nesting sites for birds
  • Will grow in bogs, swamps and other poorly drained sites
  • Salt tolerant

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

  • Prefers moist, acidic habitats in full sun.
  • Good for low areas where other plants won’t live.
  • Will spread by suckers and colonize an area in favorable conditions.

Native Range

Swamps, bog margins, freshwater marshes and damp shores from Nova Scotia to Minnesota south to Arkansas and Florida.

Native Trivia

There are about 4,000 species of native bees in the United States. They range in length from less than [” to more than 1″ in length. They are generally quite docile, gently foraging for nectar and pollen. In doing so, they provide the vital service of pollination.

Characteristics & Attributes

    Plan Sub Group
    • Small Shrubs

    • Sun

    • Acidic

    Soil Moisture Preference
    • Moist
    • Wet

    Attracts Wildlife
    • Beneficial insects
    • Butterflies
    • Songbirds

    Bloom Time
    • Late Spring / Early Summer

    Habitat Collection
    • Butterfly
    • Wet Sun
    • Songbird

    Native Habitat
    • Riparian, wetland

    • Fragrant
    • Bog, water garden

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