Rosa palustris
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Hardiness Zone: 4-9 Height: 3-6 feet; 1-2 metres Spread: 3-6 feet; 1-2 metres Sun: Full to part sun Water: Wet Wildlife: The rose hips are eaten by birds and small mammals. Birds construct nests in the taller roses. Flowers provide nectar for native bees and other insects. Bloom Colour: Pink Tolerates: Salt; seasonal flooding Culture: Best grown in acidic, organically rich, moist to wet soils in full sun. Plants will not grow in standing water, but will tolerate some seasonal flooding. Prune as needed in late winter. Plants spread slowly by suckers. Noteworthy Characteristics: Swamp Rose is an upright deciduous shrub with arching branches. Fragrant, single pink roses with contrasting yellow centers bloom from late spring to mid-summer. Flowers are followed by pea-sized red hips. Leaves often turn attractive shades of red in fall. Garden Uses: Good selection for wet, poorly drained soils. Bog or water garden margins.