Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus) in the Rubus Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Rubus parviflorus Accepted
Rubacer parviflorum Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Plant Height: 2-6 feet
Plant Spread: 2-6 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Bi-Color: Mauve and white
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Alpine Gardening
Uses: Erosion control
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Tolerates dry shade
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Cane
Cuttings: Root
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern

Photo gallery:
Location: My Garden - PADate: 7/2011
By Kim
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Location: Waterton N.P., Alberta; trail to Oil Basin Col.Date: 2011-09-07
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Location: Finland, MN on Lake SuperiorDate: 6/20/14
By Anderwood
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Location: Camano State Park, WashingtonDate: 2014-05-24
By Bonehead
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Location: Cedarhome, WashingtonDate: 2010-10-18Fall color
By Bonehead
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Location: Palomar Mountain State Park, CaliforniaDate: 2012-06-17
By Kelli
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Location: Finland, MN on Lake Superior
By Anderwood
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Date: 2009-05-04Photo courtesy of: Miguel Vieira
By admin
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Location: Betty Ford alpine gardenDate: 2019-08-26
By piksihk
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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Oct 28, 2012 3:17 PM

Native in the Pacific NW, from Alaska to California, east to the Dakotas and New Mexico. Found in open to wooded, moist to dry areas, often in areas recently cleared or logged. The berries are edible but rather insipid, although the birds like them. The fruit is hollow when picked, resembling a thimble.

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Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Dec 18, 2013 8:20 PM

An important 'bird food' plant in its native range.

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