Dewberry from Rosie in SC

This is growing in my front yard bed under a crepe myrtle. Looks like a weed at first. I have always pulled it up in the spring, but this year I didn’t. Very prickly, but has berries. Not sure if they are edible or poisonous. Neighbors suspect blackberry.  Thanks for any help you can give.

Rosie H

Hi Rosie,

The ripe fruits of this plant are certanly edible – the black ones.  I would call it a dewberry because the stems are trailing rather than bushy.  It is a native plant – Rubus trivialis.  They can be used in any way a blackberry can. I hope this helps!

Steve Hill  – South Carolina Native Plant Society
Dr. Steven R. Hill
University of Illinois
Champaign, IL

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