Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Northern Dewberry (Common Dewberry) (Rubus flagellaris)

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Date Location Notes Images
June 10, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire This is my third Rubus species identification. There are a total of 28 species in New England. Key:
  • Principal leaves compound. Plants usually armed with prickles or stiff bristles.
  • Leaves with 3 pinnately arranged or 5 palmately arranged leaflets. Mature fruit is black.
  • Inflorescence a raceme or solitary flower (not a panicle).
  • First year vegetative stem (primocane) prostrate, dome-shaped. Trailing and often rooting at the tip. Primocane not arching or erect.
  • Primocane armed with broad-based prickles. Flower petals 10-25 mm long.
  • Pedicels 10-60(-80) mm long, uppermost pedicel 10-20 mm long. Pedicels erect. Inflorescence of 1-4 flowers. Pictures show the lower pedicels to be at least 50 mm long.
  • Stems thicker, 1.5-4 mm wide.
  • Leaf blades hairless on the back except for the midvein and primary lateral veins.