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Rubus idaeus L.
American Red Raspberry, Wild Red Raspberry, Red Raspberry
Rosaceae (Rose Family)
USDA Symbol: RUID
USDA Native Status: L48 (NI), AK (NI), CAN (NI), SPM (N)
This species includes subspecies that are North American natives. However, it also includes subspecies that are not native to North America, e.g. Rubus idaeus ssp. idaeus, American Red Raspberry. Non-native taxa are not treated in this database.
Wild Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus) has small flowers, prickles on stem, and compound leaves with 3 or 5 leaflets.
The Wild Red Raspberry is a member of the family Rosaceae which includes about 2000 species of trees, shrubs, and herbs worldwide; approximately 77 native and 9 naturalized tree species and many species of shrubs and herbs in North America; including service-berries (Amelanchier), hawthorns (Crataegus), apples (Malus), plums and cherries (Prunus), and mountain-ashes (Sorbus).
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Notes: Up to about 8 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: AK , AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , IA , ID , IL , IN , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SD , TN , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NB , NL , NS , ON , PE , QC , SK
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Drought Tolerance: High
BenefitUse Wildlife: Birds, Butterflies
Warning: Plant has thorns or prickles.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees
Special Value to Honey 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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Mr. Smarty Plants says
Edible Plants for a Virginia Rain Garden
October 21, 2009
Can you recommend edible plants that would be appropriate for use in a rain garden? I'm located in Charlottesville, VA, but this can be in general as well.
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National Wetland Indicator Status
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Rubus idaeus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Rubus idaeus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Rubus idaeus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-03-09
Research By: TWC Staff