Description

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**This plant is native to Northern Michigan

Growing Requirements:

  • Prefers moist to wet, well-drained soil
  • Thrives in full sun to partial shade
  • Tolerant of acidic and clay soils
  • Requires consistent moisture, especially in wetland habitats
  • Hardy in USDA zones 4-9

Features:

Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris) is a beautiful deciduous shrub renowned for its fragrant, pink blooms that grace the garden from late spring to summer. This native rose thrives in wetlands, marshes, and along stream banks, offering stunning flowers and vibrant hips in the fall. Its glossy green leaves and thorny stems provide both aesthetic appeal and practical benefits to the landscape.

Mature Size and Form:

In optimal conditions, Swamp Rose can reach a height of 5 to 7 feet with a spread of 4 to 6 feet. Its arching canes are adorned with clusters of pink, five-petaled flowers, followed by bright red hips, creating a dense and bushy shrub that adds texture and color to wetland areas.

Benefits to the Local Ecosystem:

Swamp Rose offers several ecological benefits, enriching the local ecosystem and supporting biodiversity:

  • Pollinator Magnet: Its fragrant flowers attract a variety of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, enhancing pollination and promoting biodiversity in the garden.
  • Erosion Control: The extensive root system of Swamp Rose helps stabilize soil, making it an excellent choice for erosion control along stream banks, pond edges, and other moist areas prone to soil loss.
  • Wildlife Habitat: The nectar-rich flowers and subsequent rose hips provide food sources for pollinators and birds, while the dense, thorny foliage offers shelter and nesting sites for wildlife, contributing to habitat diversity and ecological balance.
  • Visual Appeal: With its charming pink blooms, glossy foliage, and attractive hips, Swamp Rose adds color, fragrance, and texture to gardens, wetlands, and naturalized areas, creating a vibrant and dynamic landscape.
  • Low Maintenance: Once established, Swamp Rose is relatively low-maintenance, requiring minimal care. It's an excellent choice for gardeners seeking a hardy and beautiful plant that thrives in wet conditions and enhances the ecological value of their garden.