Swamp Rose

Rosa palustris


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Key Features

3 to 6'

Container Size

2 Gallon

Bloom Time

June, July

Bloom Color


Soil Moisture


Soil Type

Acidic, organically rich, boggy to wet

Hardiness Zone

4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Light Requirements

Full sun

  • Description

    Keystone Value: The genus Rosa (Rose) supports over 100 species of butterfly and moth caterpillars, providing food for a variety of birds and mammals.

    Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris) is a deciduous shrub with arching branches that grows naturally in swamps, marshes, ditches, and stream banks. It tolerates light shade, but best flowering and disease resistance generally occur in full sun, and good air circulation promotes vigorous and healthy growth. While Swamp Rose will not grow in standing water, it tolerates seasonal flooding making it a good candidate for rain gardens. The fragrant pink flowers with a contrasting yellow center attract native pollinators. After flowering, pea-sized red hips form between September and October and are eaten by songbirds, quail, and wild turkey. In autumn, the leaves often turn attractive shades of red, and the arched, prickled branches offer cover for wildlife year-round. Swamp Rose is a larval host for the whitemarked tussock moth (caterpillar shown above), among many others.

  • Shipping Information

    We ship from two locations:

    • Maryland – Our nursery in Maryland is perfectly located to serve the Eastern United States within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Maryland location if you live east of Ohio.

    • Illinois – Our nursery in Illinois is perfectly located to serve the Midwestern United states within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Illinois location if you live west of West Virginia.

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