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Swamp RoseFenwick-Hollowell Wetlands Trail

Swamp rose (Rosa palustris)


The Swamp rose is a perennial deciduous shrub found in wet areas such as marshes, swamps, and along streams. It has reddish stems with green pinnately compound leaves, which often have seven leaflets that taper at both ends. The Swamp rose blooms from late spring to early summer with fragrant pink flowers with yellow centers. In fall, the leaves turn red and red rosehips appear.
Rosa palustris

Gardening Tips

Care Known Problems How to Harvest Mature Size Notes/Uses
The swamp rose grows well in acidic, wet, nutrient-rich soils in full sun Prune in late winter The swamp rose is susceptible to fungal diseases such as black spot, rust, and powdery mildew; Various insects, including aphids, beetles, thrips, and leafhoppers, also damage the plant Rosehips can be harvested when they are ripe, in the late summer or fall Three to five feet tall and wide The swamp rose provides cover to small animals; Songbirds, quail and wild turkey eat the rosehips; Swamp roses are used in gardens and attract pollinators