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– Plants have trailing stems with new roots along the length
– Stems covered with fine spines or stickers
– Flowers bloom in March and April, developing into green berries
– Berries turn from green to red to deep purple-blue when ripe
– Berries are sweet and less seedy than blackberries

Distribution and habitat:
– Common in the Northern Hemisphere
– Considered a beneficial weed
– Rubus caesius often found in coastal communities and sand dune systems

– Leaves eaten by larvae of some Lepidoptera species
Peach blossom moths are known to consume the leaves

– Leaves can be used to make herbal tea
– Berries are edible and sweet, used in raw form or in various dishes like cobbler, jam, or pie
– Historically, Cameron, North Carolina was known as the dewberry capital for large-scale cultivation and shipping

See also:
– Black raspberry
Boysenberry, a cross between dewberry and loganberry
– Cloudberry, a dioecious Rubus species
– Youngberry

– Plants Profile for Rubus aboriginum (garden dewberry) on

External links:
– Wikimedia Commons for media related to Category:Rubus
Dewberry entry in the Encyclopædia Britannica, 11th edition, Vol. 8, 1911

Dewberry (Wikipedia)

The dewberries are a group of species in the genus Rubus, section Rubus, closely related to the blackberries. They are small trailing (rather than upright or high-arching) brambles with aggregate fruits, reminiscent of the raspberry, but are usually purple to black instead of red.

Ripe European dewberry
Rubus caesius
Wild dewberries, picked in North Texas
A flower of a European dewberry (Rubus caesius) being pollinated by a red-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius). A seven-spot ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) is also present.
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