Plant Type: Vine
Life Cycle: Annual
Domestication Type: Wild
Distribution: Throughout eastern US.
Habitat: Sunny transition areas.
Flower Color: white
Number of Petals: 5
Description: This group includes the familiar Blackberry and Raspberry (along with other species). These plants are arching or non-climbing vines known as canes. The stems have a variable number of thorns and/or bristles. Leaves with 3-7 leaflets. Five petaled flowers leading to juicy red to black compund berries.
Edibility: In addition to the berries, which are delicious of course, the leaves can be used for tea. In fact, many commercial herbal teas use raspberry leaves as a base. Tender blackberry shoots can be eaten fresh.
Habitat: These plants grow on field edges, usually forming a natural barrier.
Medicinal: A strong, concentrated tea has important medicinal qualities.
Utilitarian Uses: Straight sections of the cane can be used as hand drills for fire making. The berries can be used as bait.