Roses forum: Dealing with Rosa Palustris' "semi-aggressive" tendencies

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Coastal TX (Sunset 28/31) (Zone 9a)
JuniperAnn
Mar 27, 2018 1:19 PM CST
I have a Rosa palustris (swamp rose) in a large pot that I'm planning to plant in a rain garden next fall. Some sites call it semi-aggressive, suckering, spreading, thicket-forming, or not appropriate for small gardens. Others don't mention those tendencies.

So does anyone whose grown this before (especially in the southern US), know how aggressive it really is? Should plant it in the pot with the bottom cut out to prevent spreading? Leave it potted entirely? Or is it a matter of simple annual maintenance to prevent it from taking over the yard? And what would that maintenance consist of?

Thanks in advance!
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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Mar 27, 2018 1:32 PM CST

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@frostweed has this rose and she's also in Texas. Maybe she'll come to the forum and give you some advice.
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Mar 27, 2018 2:01 PM CST
I also have Swamp Rose in Texas and I have had no trouble with aggressive spreading. The only issue I encountered was lack of freeze tolerance during the last two oddly unpredictable winters.
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frostweed
Mar 27, 2018 4:25 PM CST
I haven't found Swamp rose to be aggresive at all, mine has also died back.
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Coastal TX (Sunset 28/31) (Zone 9a)
JuniperAnn
Mar 27, 2018 6:13 PM CST
Ok, thanks. Seems like I don't need to worry about these "semi-aggressive" tendencies. Strange that a plant with such a wide range has problems with Texas winters. Maybe there are sub-species differences.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Mar 27, 2018 6:16 PM CST
Several of my roses and other plants had trouble with the recent relatively mild winters being suddenly interrupted by a couple of 19 degree nights.
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