Rubus odoratus L. - Purple Flowering Raspberry


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Rubus odoratus - (image 1 of 4)



Family: Rosaceae


Rocky woods. Ravine slopes.




Eastern Canada, New England south to NC, GA, west WI to TN


Woody shrub to 2 m. Stems unarmed, densely glandular above. Leaves simple, irregularly serrate, 3-5 lobed, the lobes triangular, acute. Flowers in an open cyme; petals pink-purple, obovate; sepals with purplish, glandular hairs. Fruit depressed, pale red, the drupelets separating from the receptacle.


Flowers late June to late July

Wetland indicator: Facultative Upland

This plant is occasionally cultivated for it's attractive flowers and showy fruit. The fruits are rather dry but edible.


Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.

The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY


Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.


USDA, NRCS. 2002. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 (
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.




 Michael Hough 2005