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Rubus odoratus


Rubus odoratus, the purple-flowered raspberry,<ref name=fnwe>Clive Stace, R. van der Meijden, I. de Kort, no date. Flora of NW Europe. entry for Rubus odoratus</ref><ref name=GRIN>Template:GRIN</ref> flowering raspberry,<ref name=GRIN /> or Virginia raspberry, is a species of Rubus, native to eastern North America, from Nova Scotia west to Ontario and Wisconsin, and south along the Appalachian Mountains as far as Georgia and Alabama.<ref name=GRIN /><ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

Rubus odoratus is a shrub growing to 3 meters (10 feet) tall, with perennial, not biennial, stems (unlike many other species in the genus). Also, unlike most other related species this plant does not have thorns. The leaves are palmately lobed with five (rarely three or seven) lobes, up to 25 cm (10 inches) long and broad, superficially resembling maple leaves. The flowers are 3–5 cm (12–20 mm) in diameter, with five magenta or occasionally white petals; they are produced from early spring to early fall. The red edible fruit matures in late summer to early autumn, and resembles a large, flat raspberry with many drupelets, and is rather fuzzy to the touch and tongue.<ref name=fnwe /><ref>Wildflowers of the Southeastern United States: Rubus odoratus</ref><ref>Bioimages: Rubus odoratus</ref><ref>Template:Cite book</ref><ref>Flora of North America, Rubus odoratus Linnaeus 1753</ref>


Cultivation and uses

Rubus odoratus is widely grown as an ornamental plant for its conspicuous flowers with a long flowering period. This plant likes partial shade, rich, slightly acid soil and moderate water. It is locally naturalized in parts of Washington state<ref>USDA Plants Profile: Rubus odoratus</ref> and also in Europe, notably south eastern England.<ref name=fnwe />


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