A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)

Near Memaloose Viewpoint, Columbia Gorge, OR, 5/2014.

Near Memaloose Viewpoint, Columbia Gorge, OR, 5/2014.

The edible berries of this shrub vary in taste.  Sometimes you get a good one, but most are lacking in flavor.   Native Americans ate them anyway, along with the young shoots.  Deer sometimes feed on the leaves and stems.  The name parviflorus (“small flowered”) is misleading, as the flowers are usually an inch or bigger.  The common name comes, as you might guess, from the shape of the berries.  The shape of the leaves resemble that of maples.  The plant is common at low and mid elevations throughout much of the west.  With the possible exception of Candy flower, this is probably the flower we see the most in the northwest woods.

Near Memaloose Viewpoint, Columbia Gorge, OR, 5/2014.

Near Memaloose Viewpoint, Columbia Gorge, OR, 5/2014.

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