Purple-flowering Raspberry

Purple-flowering raspberry

Rubus odoratus

Plant Characteristics:

  • Duration: Perennial 
  • Habit: Shrub
  • Size class: 1-3ft
  • Native Habitat: Moist, shady places; woods edges 
  • Bloom time: June-August

Growing Conditions 

  • Light:
    • Sun, partial shade, shade
  • Soil:
    • Moisture: Moist
    • Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
    • CaCO3 Tol: Medium
    • Description: Gravelly, sandy, or deep forest loams.
  • Water Use: 
    • Medium
  • Condition comments:
    • spreads rapidly from creeping, underground stems and can become a nuisance, but is a striking plant for large wooded areas
      • Relatively immune to pests and diseases. 
      • Berries are insipid, but edible


  • Use by wildlife: Specifically songbirds, gamebirds, and large-small mammals 
  • Edible fruit
  • Conspicuous flower 
  • Fragrant flower 
  • Fragrant foliage 
  • Attracts birds 
  • Specific value to native bees, bumble bees, honey bees
  • Use for nesting material by native bees


  • Rapid spread