Thimbleberry

* Thimbleberry or Rubus parviflorus is a dense shrub up to 2.5 meters (8.2 ft) tall with canes no more than 1.5 centimeters (0.59 in) in diameter, often growing in large clumps which spread through the plant’s underground rhizome. Unlike most other members of the genus, it has no prickles. The leaves are palmate, up to 20 centimeters (7.9 in) across, with five lobes; they are soft and fuzzy in texture.

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** Flowers are considered showy, with their white petals. As the petals drop, the young fruit begin to form. Upon maturity in the fall the reddish raspberry like berries ripen to flattish thimble-like structures which are often dry and fall apart when picked. The berries can be eaten but they are very seedy.

***  Flowers attract butterflies and birds appreciate its protective cover along with the berries.

Reference:

*  Source:  Wikipedia:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubus_parviflorus

** Source:  Pacific Northwest Plants:  http://www.pnwplants.wsu.edu/PlantDisplay.aspx?PlantID=257

** Source:  http://portlandnursery.com/plants/natives/rubus.shtml

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