The single pink flowers are quite pretty and fragrant. They are 2" across, bloom in mid-summer and provide nectar for native bees and butterflies. The flowers give way to smooth red hips (fruit) which are eaten by birds and other wildlife. This attractive plant is perfect for poorly drained, wet soil. This many-branched shrub has gracefully arching branches. Plants will spread slowly by suckers, providing wonderful nesting spots for birds and cover for other creatures.
Swamps, bog margins, freshwater marshes and damp shores from Nova Scotia to Wisconsin south to Arkansas and Florida.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
There are about 4,000 species of native bees in the United States. They range in length from less than 1/2" to more than 1" in length. They are generally quite docile, gently foraging for nectar and pollen. In doing so, they provide the vital service of pollination.
Prefers moist, acidic habitats in full sun. Good for low, moist areas where other plants won't live. Will spread by suckers and colonize an area in favorable conditions.