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Rosa palustris var. scandens (Swamp rose) Plant Care Guide

Rosa palustris var. scandens (Swamp rose)

Rosa palustris var. scandens Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of The Antique Rose Emporium

Botanical Name: Rosa palustris var. scandens ROE-sah pah-LUSS-tris variety SKAN-denz Common Name: Swamp rose Synonyms: R. palustris ‘Scandens’ Genus: Rosa

This graceful and arching variety of our native swamp rose has single rosy-pink blossoms with a mild scent. It retains the disease resistance of its native ancestor, and has the added quality of being thornless.

Noteworthy characteristics: R. palustris thrives along the margins of bogs, marshes, and waterways of North America. It suckers to form a dense shrub, bearing hooked thorns and flowering once in the summer. Its reddish-orange hips provide food for wildlife. It is ideal for naturalized areas, native plantings, and wild gardens.

Care: Grow in fertile, moist soil in full sun or partial shade. Provide good air circulation and remove fallen leaves to help prevent disease. Prune lightly or back by up to one-third, reducing side shoots by one-half to one-third. To renovate, prune one in four or five shoots at the base.
Propagation: Take softwood cuttings when bloom initiates in spring to summer; take hardwood cuttings in fall.

Problems: Aphids, leafhoppers, spider mites, scale, caterpillars, sawfly larvae, cane borers, Japanese beetles, rose stem girders, rose midges, rose slugs, rose chafers, leaf-cutting bees, black spot, rust, powdery mildew, crown gall, canker, dieback, downy mildew, viruses.

swamp roses

Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit Spreads
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium to Wet
Maintenance Low
Characteristics Attracts Birds; Attracts Butterflies; Fragrant Flowers; Native; Showy Flowers; Showy Fruit
Bloom Time Summer
Flower Color Pink Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Cut Flower, Hedge, Naturalizing, Waterside
Style Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

rose mallow

See also ….

Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris Marsh)

Swamp rose; clustered wild rose

Native Plant Database

Mallow – Rose

Hibiscus – Marsh Mallow, Swamp Rose Mallow, Mallow Marvels

How to Care for Rose Mallow

SWAMP ROSE Rosa palustris Plant Care Guide PDF

Heirloom Old Garden Roses

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