Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris)
- Family: Rose (Rosaceae)
- Flowering: July-September.
- Field Marks: This is the only wetland wild rose that has 7 leaflets and large pink flowers.
- Habitat: Swamps, marshes.
- Habit: Shrub up to 7 feet tall.
- Stems: Much branched, with stout, flat, curved spines up to 1/4 inch long.
- Leaves: Alternate, pinnately divided into 7 leaflets, the leaflets elliptic, pointed at the tip, tapering to the base, toothed, hairy, up to 1 1/2 inches long.
- Flowers: Solitary or few in a cluster, pink, up to 3 inches across.
- Sepals: 5, green.
- Petals: 5, pink, free from each other.
- Stamens: Numerous.
- Pistils: Numerous, each with a superior ovary.
- Fruits: Fleshy, red, up to 3/4 inch in diameter.
- Notes: The fruits are eaten by wildlife.
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