Trailing Blackberry

Rubus ursinus
  • Hul’qumi’num Name: sqw’iil’muhw
  • Description: Deciduous, trailing vines with purple stems, prickles, white flowers, and tasty berries.
  • Habitat: Trailing blackberry is often found in fairly open to dense woods, clear-cuts, fire scars, and logged areas.
  • Harvest: Harvest leaves throughout the season, and fruit in the late summer when juicy, plump and black.
  • Edibility: Leaves make an astringent, mineral- rich tea. Berries are delicious raw.
  • Fun Fact: Unlike the invasive Himalayan blackberry, with leaves that are silver on the underside, sqw’iil’muhw leaves are green underneath.

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