Feb. 5, 2020

black raspberry, Rubus occidentalis

It seems that the better the berry, the worse the flower. Neither red nor black raspberries have flowers that most would look for. If you want images, you can look a long time before you find some that are at all worth a shot. Coincidentally, these were at Ives Preserve, just a few steps from the red raspberries I thought were good enough. Maybe being in a favorite place made them seem better? The best thing, of course, is the ultimate result. You just can't pass a bush full of ripe berries without grabbing a handful. I really miss those black raspberry smoothies my grand daughter used to make me. You would think even a teenager would still appreciate raspberries and grandfathers! This native fruit grows in AL, AR, CO, CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, NB, ON, and QC. Ives Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 5/28/11. Rose family, Rosaceae.