PURPLEFLOWERING OR VIRGINIA RASPBERRY





(Rubus odoratus) Rose family



Flowers - Royal purple or bluish pink, showy, fragrant, 1 to 2

in. broad, loosely clustered at top of stem. Calyx sticky-hairy,

deeply 5-parted, with long pointed tips; corolla of 5 rounded

petals; stamens and pistils very numerous. Stem: 3 to 5 ft. high,

erect, branched, shrubby, bristly, not prickly. Leaves:

Alternate, petioled, 3 to 5 lobed, middle lobe largest, and all

pointed; saw-edged lower leaves immense. Fruit: A depressed red

berry, scarcely edible.

Preferred Habitat - Rocky woods, dells, shady roadsides.

Flowering Season - June-August.

Distribution - Northern Canada south to Georgia, westward to

Michigan and Tennessee.



To be an unappreciated, unloved relative of the exquisite wild

rose, with which this flower is so often likened, must be a

similar misfortune to being the untalented son of a great man, or

the unhappy author of a successful first book never equaled in

later attempts. But where the bright blossoms of the Virginia

raspberry burst forth above the roadside tangle and shady

woodland dells, even those who despise magenta see beauty in them

where abundant green tones all discordant notes into harmony.

Purple, as we of today understand the color, the flower is not;

but rather the purple of ancient Orientals. On cool, cloudy days

the petals are a deep, clear purplish rose, that soon fades and

dulls with age, or changes into pale, bluish pink when the sun is

hot.



Many yellow stamens help conceal the nectar secreted in a narrow

ring between the filaments and the base of the receptacle.

Bumblebees, the principal and most efficient visitors, which can

reach sweets more readily than most insects, although numerous

others help to self-fertilize the flower, bring to the mature

stigmas of a newly opened blossom pollen carried on their

undersides from the anthers of a flower a day or two older. When

the inner row of anthers shed their pollen, some doubtless falls

on the stigmas below them, and so spontaneous self-fertilization

may occur. Fruit sets quickly; nevertheless the shrub keeps on

flowering nearly all summer. Children often fold the lower

leaves, which sometimes measure a foot across, to make

drinking-cups.





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