Rubus flagellaris
northern dewberry

Rubus flagellaris
Rubus flagellaris
Photo Courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Rubus flagellaris
Common name: northern dewberry
Group: dicot
Family: Rosaceae
Growth type: subshrub
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: vine up to 15; long, trailing the ground
Foliage: alternate, trifoliote, petiolate; leaflets of 3
Flower: 1" white, 5 petals
Flowering time: bloom mid May to mid July; fruit early July to August
Habitat: dry open ground of pastures, fields, shaded wood edges
Range in New Jersey: statewide, decreasing in the Pine barrens
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. Fruit is an edible drupe with a tart-sweet flavor. It resembles a blackberry and can be used in cobblers, pies, etc.
The flowers attract honeybees and bumble bees, as well as various butterflies and skippers.
The fruit is a food source to upland gamebirds and songbirds as well as raccoon, fox, squirrel, chipmunk, and white-footed mouse. The cottontail rabbit and white tail deer browse the leaves and stems. (Illinois Wildflowers)