University of Rhode Island

Rosa palustris

Swamp Rose

Dense shrub with light green toothed compound leaves and stout curved thorns ¼’ long. Pink flowers open in June and July and are very fragrant. Orange- red rosehips in fall are eaten by birds. Prefers moist to wet acidic soil and will tolerate standing water. Native to RI. 3-6’.

William S. Justice. Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution, Dept. of Systematic Biology, BotanyGuidelines.

Robert H. Mohlenbrock. USDA SCS. 1989. Midwest wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. Midwest National Technical Center, Lincoln, NE. Courtesy of USDA NRCS Wetland Science Institute.

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