Rubus hispidus L.
Bristly dewberry, Swamp Dewberry
Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Synonym(s): Rubus hispidus var. cupulifer, Rubus hispidus var. obovalis, Rubus sempervirens
USDA Symbol: RUHI
Trailing, woody stems bearing weak, backward-curving bristles, erect branches, usually 3-parted, shiny leaves, and white flowers in loose, terminal clusters or in leaf axils.
A great many species of dewberry occur, some with bristles and some with stronger prickles. These plants and the related blackberries and raspberries (both in Rubus) are among the most important summer foods for songbirds and game birds as well as for many mammals.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: CT , DC , DE , IA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: NB , NS , ON , PE , QC
Native Distribution: Ontario east to Nova Scotia, south to South Carolina, west to Tennessee, and north to Iowa and Wisconsin.
Native Habitat: Usually moist thickets, open woods, and clearings.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
BenefitWarning: Plant has thorns or prickles.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees
Provides Nesting Materials/Structure for Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
National Wetland Indicator Status
Research LiteratureReslit 259 - Experimental restoration of native vegetation in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (1998) Y. D. Choi and N. B. Pavlovic
Reslit 102 - Age of maturity and life span in herbaceous, polycarpic perennials (2000) M. H. Bender, J. M. Baskin and C. C. Baskin
Reslit 106 - Native wildflower establishment with imidazolinone herbicides (1999) D. D. Beran, R. E. Gaussoin and R. A. Masters
Reslit 128 - Intermittent Light from a Rotating High-pressure Sodium Lamp Promotes Flowering of Long-day Plants (2010) M. G. Blanchard and E. S. Runkle
Reslit 343 - Weed control in container grown herbaceous perennials (1994) J. F. Derr
Reslit 558 - Direct and indirect effects of herbivory: Feeding by spittlebugs affects pollinator visitation rates and seedset of Rudbeckia hirta (2001) P. A. Hamback
Reslit 569 - Anatomical changes in Rudbeckia hirta L during transition to flowering (1993) R. L. Harkess and R. E. Lyons
Reslit 570 - Gibberellin-induced and cytokinin-induced growth and flowering responses in Rudbeckia hirta L. (1994) R. L. Harkess and R. E. Lyons
Reslit 571 - Floral initiation in Rudbeckia hirta (Asteraceae) under limited inductive photoperiodic treatments (1994) R. L. Harkess and R. E. Lyons
Reslit 600 - Performance of selected herbaceous annual ornamentals grown at decreasing levels of irrigation (2006) D. Y. Henson, S. E. Newman and D. E. Hartley
This information was provided by the Florida WIldflower Foundation.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Rubus hispidus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Rubus hispidus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Rubus hispidus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-07-02
Research By: TWC Staff