Flowering raspberry is a real problem solver. It can be used to hold banks. It can be used in path design to break up an area. It provides food for birds and mammals including humans who are lucky enough to stumble upon the berries before the animals get them. Flowering raspberry is one of the plants in the genus Rubus that is a host plant for the Lettered Habrosyne or Scribe moth.
The leaves are bright green, maple shaped, large about 6 to 8 inches across. The plant looks great all summer, it holds up and looks great even after rain storms. The beautiful flowers are about 1.5 to 2 inches wide. The flowers resemble those of the wild rose, in color and shape. The berries are a dark red.
Flowering raspberry can be propagated by seed. That is if you can get the seed before animals or people eat the berries. It can also be propagated by division the plants. They put out runners that are easily dug out. So it is easy to make the plant stay where you want it while also the coverage you getting you need.
Flowering raspberry has exfoliating bark, brown to tan in color. Planting around the bottom of the plant helps to hide the sticky parts of the plant and helps to ensure a more natural looking garden. A favorite choice for companion plant is sensitive fern. Which is a natural companion to Flowering raspberry in the wild. Blue flag iris in a moist area works well. Canadian anemone is lovely with flowering raspberry. In a sunny location you might try black-eyed Susan, Monarda, or a grass such as Northern sea oats or palm sedge.
Rubus odoratus - Flowering raspberry
-Produces beautiful rose pink flowers at the end of June into July
-Excellent for shady or sunny banks, spreads by runners and fills in nicely
-Provides food for birds
-Height: 3 to 5 feet
-Zone: 4 to 6