Pacific Blackberry (Rubus ursinus) in the Rubus Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Spread: 15 feet (5 m)
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Broadleaf
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Groundcover
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Cooked
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Other Beneficial Insects
Propagation: Other methods: Layering
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Dioecious
Goes Dormant
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Oct 14, 2013 8:33 PM

Native in the Pacific Northwest west of the Cascade Range from British Columbia to California. Creeping vine found in the forest understory, often at the base of trees and in logged areas. Their thin stems are a definite ankle grabber and will send a person sprawling. Much prized for their tiny sweet berries (although in my opinion they are more trouble then they are worth to harvest). The leaves and roots may be used to treat diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, excessive menstruation, fevers, hemorrhoids, and mouth sores. Per Coast Salish folklore, a woman was chased up a tree by her jealous husband, The blood of the woman fell from the tree and became blackberries. The Salish used this plant as a purification rite, scrubbing the stems across their bodies prior to spirit dances.

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