The wild Swamp Rose is an perennial shrub, growing 3 to 6 feet high, widely branching to about equal width, with smooth reddish arching stems that have stout slightly curved thorns. The flowers are perfect, slightly fragrant, up to 2+ inches across with pale to bight pink petals, ovate to oval in shape, widest near the rounded tip. Flowers mature to a smooth fleshy red rose hip, about 3/4 inch in diameter, that contains numerous achenes (the true seeds). It is unique among roses because it will tolerate constantly wet soil. However, it does not require constantly wet soil, making it a versatile rose.
Its arching habit makes it an attractive shrub throughout the entire year. Hardy, zone 6-9. Germination is long winded.
Other Names: Wild Rose, Swamp Rose, Willow-Leaved Hudson Rose