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Dalibarda repens (Robin runaway)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Dalibarda repens

Dalibarda repens L.

Robin Runaway, False Violet

Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Synonym(s): Rubus repens

USDA Symbol: dare

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

A low creeping plant with 1 white flower on each reddish, leafless stalk.

This northern species, found in cool woods and boggy areas, will grow in wet bog gardens. Its violet-like appearance accounts for the common name. Violets (Viola), though, have bilaterally symmetrical flowers, whereas members of the rose family have radially symmetrical flowers.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Aggregate , Drupe
Size Notes: Up to about 4 inches tall.
Fruit: Aggregated drupelets.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: CT , MA , MD , ME , MI , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , VA , VT , WV
Canada: NB , NS , ON , PE , QC
Native Distribution: Ontario east to Nova Scotia, south to North Carolina, and northwest to Ohio, Michigan, and Minnesota.
Native Habitat: Woods and boggy areas.

Growing Conditions

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


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

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


Record Modified: 2023-05-09
Research By: TWC Staff

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