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Blackberries is the plant of this month

Date: 02.11.2017 Author: Sara Landqvist Category: Plants
Invasive delicacy – Aremenian blackberries (Rubus armeniacus) can form impenetrable shrub stands, however, the berries are very sweet and tasty. Photo by Åsmund Asdal.

Blackberries are exciting plants, both for botanists and ecologists and for berry-pickers who enjoy the sweet and mild taste of the black delicacy, which sometimes can be a struggle to harvest, due to the very sharp thorns that most black berry plants are well equipped with.


Blackberries belong to the Rubus genus in the Rosacea family. More than 140 different Rubus taxa can be found in one or more of the Nordic countries. Other Rubus delicacies are raspberries (R. idaeus), cloudberries (R. chamaemorus) and arctic raspberries (R. arcticus). Eight Rubus species in the wild flora are closely related to cultivated Rubus, and designated as priority Crop Wild Relatives in the Nordic region.

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