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Sunday - May 28, 2006

From: Loganville, GA
Region: Southeast
Topic: Plant Identification
Title: Identification of Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris) in Atlanta
Answered by: Joe Marcus and Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

I live in metro Atlanta. I have a rose variety growing wild in the woods that resembles a Cherokee Rose except it is pink and has seven leaves on the stem. Can you identify it from this description? Thanks.

ANSWER:

This sounds like Swamp rose (Rosa palustris). Be sure to select "Images" from the menu at the top of the page for this species to see more photos.
 

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