Photo Credit: Mr. Robert Glennon
Caption: Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris) is a native wetland shrub that grows on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge on the edges of forests and in open areas. It is a multi-stemmed, densely-branched plant with abundant thorns that provides excellent cover for ground-dwelling wildlife species and songbirds that nest in its branches. The rose hips that are its fruit, may persist on the branches well into the next year. They have a high Vitamin C content. But because they are bitter they are not always eaten immediately after they ripen. Swamp rose only grows in areas with poorly-drained soil.
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is one of six national wildlife refuges in the Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges Complex. Pocosin Lakes Visitor Center, located in Columbia, NC, is open 9am to 4pm whenever volunteer staffing is available.