Sunday, September 09, 2012

Purple-Flowering Raspberry

Purple-Flowering Raspberry
Rubus odoratus
(ROO-bus) (oh-dor-AY-tus)
Synonyms: Flowering Raspberry, Virginia Raspberry

This wild beauty was spotted growing in between a garden and the road in kind of what I would consider a waste area. This was the first time I had seen this plant growing around here but we are in its natural range, which covers the eastern United States and parts of Canada. There were no berries but a good crop of flowers. The foliage is stately and handsome. This plant is very hardy, likes moisture and can spread rapidly. It grows to about 4 feet tall and has good deer resistance.

Sunday again so here is a bonus snapshot of a unusually colored Grape Hyacinth. In my never ending quest for variations on a common theme we have planted several mixtures of these flowers. It is always kind of fun and exciting to see what shades are going to come up. The fall bulb season looks good after we have secured several orders for the autumn.

Yesterday our little dry patch ended in a big way. We got several inches of rain and even a little hail. There was a tornado watch for several hours but thankfully we only ended up with some strong wind gusts that didn’t seem to do any local damage.

1 comment:

Felicia said...

Great flower! This is the first time I’ve seen a flower before it has turned into its raspberry form. Thanks for sharing!