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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Rubus hispidus

Swamp Dewberry, Bristly Dewberry, Evergreen Dewberry

Scientific Name:

Rubus hispidus

Genus:

Rubus

Species Epithet:

hispidus

Common Name:

Swamp Dewberry, Bristly Dewberry, Evergreen Dewberry

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Bogs, moist woodlands and forests, disturbed moist areas. Common in NC mountains and coastal plain; uncommon in the piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Semi-evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Rank:

S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

A trailing blackberry that can form large, dense patches. Each leaf has 3 shiny leaflets, which may remain on the stem long into autumn. It has slender, curved prickles. Fruit is purple-black and is edible but sour.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/rubus-hispidus/

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/rubus/hispidus/



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