The rose is the flower of Washington, D.C. While this native variety may not be showy like the roses seen in stores, its stems can grow up to 8 feet tall, with its blooms visited by many pollinators.
The Swamp Rose is in the Rosaceae family consisting of nearly 2,000 species of trees, shrubs, and herbs, including the popular cherry tree. The Swamp Rose is found commonly in low-lying areas prone to accumulating water like ditches, swamps, and edges of ponds and streams. While its flowers are important to many bee species, its fruits (rose hips) are consumed by many forest animals.