We’d like to feature the ‘swamp rose’, because good things are always happening in swamps! Plus, you don’t need to plant this rose in a swamp. It will grow in most soils. This single petaled pink rose is highly fragrant and blooms June-July.
The native roses are suckering shrubs and will spread somewhat aggressively by their thick running roots. If you have a large bank to fill, or an area where it will be contained easily by running around its edges with a lawn mower, this shrub has a lot to offer. The thick habit provides excellent cover for birds and wildlife.
Bright red hips in fall are enjoyed by birds, and a wonderfully thick tangle of thorny mahogany stems highlights the winter landscape. Quail, wild turkey, and small mammals also enjoy the hips in fall and winter. Try making tea or jelly from them!
Grows to 6′-8′ in almost any soil, can take moist to wet, full sun to part shade. It is of special value to pollinators because it provides both nesting sites and nectar. It’s the perfect time to plant a native rose in your landscape!
Similar Species – Carolina Rosa (Rosa carolina)
Rosa carolina is similar in appearance and ecosystem function. It will not tolerate wet soil and prefers moist, well drained soil. Once established it will tolerate heat and occasional dry soil.