Rosa palustris var. scandens (Swamp rose) Plant Care Guide
Rosa palustris var. scandens (Swamp rose)
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.
|Height||3 ft. to 6 ft.|
|Spread||3 ft. to 6 ft.|
|Growth Pace||Moderate Grower|
|Light||Full Sun to Part Shade|
|Moisture||Medium to Wet|
|Characteristics||Attracts Birds; Attracts Butterflies; Fragrant Flowers; Native; Showy Flowers; Showy Fruit|
|Flower Color||Pink Flower|
|Uses||Beds and Borders, Cut Flower, Hedge, Naturalizing, Waterside|
|Seasonal Interest||Summer Interest, Fall Interest|
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