BLACKBERRY

Rubus Pedemontanus

Description:

Blackberries are perennial plants which bear biennial stems. They bear large palmately compound leaves with five or seven leaflets. The flower buds break to produce flowering laterals, which bear smaller leaves with three or five leaflets. First and second year shoots are usually spiny with numerous short curved very sharp thorns. Unmanaged mature plants form a tangle of dense arching stems, the branches rooting from the node tip when they reach the ground. Vigorous and growing rapidly
in woods, scrub, hillsides and hedgerows, blackberry shrubs tolerate poor soils, readily colonizing wasteland, ditches and vacant lots. The flowers are produced in late spring and early summer. Each flower is about 2-3 cm in diameter with five white or pale pink petals.

Fruit:

In botanical terminology, the fruit is not a berry, but an aggregate fruit of numerous drupelets ripening to black or dark purple. Blackberry leaves are also a food for certain caterpillars. Blackberries are extremely good for you with high nutritional contents of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid – a B vitamin, and the essential mineral, manganese.

BLACKBERRY