Rosa palustris

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Swamp Rose


Plant Specifics

Size:6-8 ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,pink
Fruit Color:Red,green
Noted for:Showy flowers, Showy fruits, Thorns


Recommended Uses:It's a shrub; plant where its thorns will not be an issue.
Propagation:Cuttings or seed.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:



Fruits eaten by birds and small mammals


Attracts pollinators and is especially important for native bees.

Native Habitats:Floodplains, marshy or swampy shores, cypress swamps and wet thickets, often in shallow water.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Fruits are edible
General Comments:
  • Information on salt tolerance comes from northern nurseries in areas where the biggest issue is likely to be salt used for deicing roadsides.
  • This native rose is generally not susceptible to the disease and insect pests that attack many of the hybrid roses.