Salt Marsh Rose


New England swamp rose. Hidden thickets, brackish tides.

Top Notes

  • mallow
  • sea lettuce

Heart Notes

  • swamp rose
  • sweet pepper bush

Base Notes

  • creeping bent grass
  • lichen moss

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There are groves that dot some of my favorite places in New England—the coast North of Boston, Nantucket, MV, and the like. Hidden from old gray cedar houses, in hot summer thickets, brackish ground water wells up. Small ponds and swampy marshes in summer are alive with birds, frogs, and dragonflies. Big heavy mallow heads, and wild roses shine like beacons in the dank muddy grass.-D.S.


Listen to Salt Marsh Rose

Secret coastal inlets by the wayside marsh in the New England isles.


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