This very bushy species grows from one to eight feet high, and is sparingly armed with distant, stout, usually hooked or curved thorns. Five to nine finely toothed leaflets, varying in shape from oval to oblong or even lance-shaped, form the compound leaf, which has a narrow pair of stipules or leaflets at the base of the slender leaf stem. The beautiful pink blossoms are two or three inches broad. They have numerous yellow stamens, and are loosely grouped. The long, narrow, spreading sepals do not, as a rule, remain on the showy, globular red fruit as do those of the Meadow Rose. The Swamp Rose is common everywhere in swamps and low grounds, from June to August. It ranges from all of the Atlantic Coast States westward to Minnesota and Mississippi.