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Rubus flagellaris (Northern dewberry)
Smith, R.W.

Rubus flagellaris

Rubus flagellaris Willd.

Northern Dewberry

Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Synonym(s): Rubus alacer, Rubus arundelanus, Rubus arundelanus var. jeckylanus, Rubus ascendens, Rubus ashei, Rubus bonus, Rubus camurus, Rubus clausenii, Rubus connixus, Rubus cordialis, Rubus dissitiflorus, Rubus enslenii, Rubus exemptus, Rubus frustratus, Rubus geophilus, Rubus jaysmithii var. angustior, Rubus longipes, Rubus maltei, Rubus neonefrens, Rubus occultus, Rubus procumbens, Rubus sailori, Rubus serenus, Rubus subuniflorus, Rubus tetricus, Rubus tracyi, Rubus urbanianus, Rubus villosus


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Fruit Type: Aggregate , Drupe
Size Notes: Stems creeping or trailing, up to about 15 feet long. Plant up to about 1 foot tall.
Fruit: Aggregated drupelets.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: NB , NS , ON , QC
Native Habitat: Woodland

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special 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.

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View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Rubus flagellaris in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Rubus flagellaris in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Rubus flagellaris


Record Modified: 2022-12-12
Research By: TWC Staff

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