Swamp Rose

Rosa palustris

Swamp Rose Rosa palustris is a nearly evergreen shrub (7′ X 12′) of swamps, wet thickets, and the shores of streams, lakes, and ponds in Louisiana. Attractive landscape features are its long, arching canes that bear pink roses in Summer and Fall, and its Winter foliage color of burnt-orange. This species tolerates any soil type, even heavy clay. It blooms best in full sun. Its relatively small hips (fruit) are eaten by many native birds including Swainson’s Thrush, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, Evening Grosbeak, Dark-eyed Junco, American Goldfinch, Fox Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, and Pileated Woodpecker. This shrub also provides thick cover for birds. 

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