Rubus flagellaris

Common name: Northern Dewberry

Native plant

Great little ground cover for well drained soils in light shade. Short stature and long running on open and not so open ground. It does not tend to have tons of thorns, but the ones it does have it uses, so bare feet are not recommendable. The berry is like any other blackberry I've eaten only with a larger pit/seed/stone whatever you call it and it tends to be tart. Fall color is good and the sunnier the spot the more purple it will be otherwise orange is popular with the leaves in fall.

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period

Late Spring

Growth form


Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
1 Feet
Mature width
5 Feet
Max height
1 Feet
Max width
10 Feet

Additional information

Edible fruit

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