Rubus odoratus – Purple-flowering Raspberry

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Purple-flowering raspberry (Rubus odoratus) is a native perennial with edible berries.
The purple-flowering raspberry is found at the edge of trails. It can grow in sun to part shade.
The plant has maple-like leaves and purple rose-like flowers. Canes are thornless, unlike other raspberry species. Flowers appear June-August. Flowers become red raspberries in mid-late summer. The berries are drier and more tart than cultivated raspberries.
The purple-flowering raspberry is great in jelly, syrup, and muffins.

Written by Amy Demers, founder of the Connecticut Foraging Club. To learn more about foraging in Connecticut, check out our upcoming classes.

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