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Rosa palustris

Swamp Rose

Scientific Name:

Rosa palustris

Genus:

Rosa

Species Epithet:

palustris

Common Name:

Swamp Rose

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

3-6 ft., 6-12 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Pink

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

May, June, July, August

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Swamp forests, bogs, fens, seeps, streamsides, tidal swamps, beaver ponds. Common throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Notes:

Attracts bees and butterflies.

Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris) is common in wet places throughout the state.

Attractive to bees and butterflies, this rose is also used by birds for nesting.

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C. Paynter, NC mountains

Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris) in fruit

The fruit is eaten by birds, including grouse and turkey, by small rodents, white-tailed deer and the Eastern Cottontail. The thickets provide cover for wildlife.

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C. Paynter, Pender Co

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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