Thimbleberry – Native Plant Spotlight

Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)

This fast-growing thornless shrub would make a great addition to any backyard garden. Thimbleberry is identifiable by its soft and fuzzy maple-shaped leaves. It blooms in late spring through mid-summer, and the white flowers provide nectar for native pollinators. The red, raspberry-shaped berries ripen mid-to-late summer and are edible and sweet. If you are looking to attract wildlife, the berries are also eaten by finches, wrens, jays, and bushtits.

In nature, it is found in forests and along streams and rivers. Thimbleberry will do best in moist soil and will thrive in either sun or partial shade.

Pre-order Thimbleberry from KCD’s Native Plant starting November 15.

Emma Atkinson, 2022-2023 AmeriCorps Coordinator, Education

Sources:

Landscaping for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest by Russell Link. University of Washington Press, 1999.

Featured Photo Credit:

Walter Siegmund (talk) – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

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