Foraging Wild Fruit: Bristly Blackberry

Photo of Bristly Blackberry

Some species of blackberry produce thick, arching canes covered with stout prickles (see Common Blackberry), while others, like Bristly Blackberry (Rubus hispidus), get by with thinner, ground-hugging stems covered in relatively harmless bristles. The leaves of Bristly Blackberry are evergreen, somewhat shiny, and divided into three (or less commonly five) leaflets. The fruits are edible but tend to be small and slightly bitter, so I don't gather them in quantity. That said, I do find them worth sampling when I encounter them in my travels. Other common names for this woody plant include Bristly Dewberry and Swamp Dewberry. (To view the following images in full-size, click here.)

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