Sunday, June 23, 2013

Purple Flowering Raspberry

Open Faster!!!
So this little jewel started to peek open this morning and I've never wanted a flower to open up faster before in my life. This is Purple Flowering Raspberry, Rudus odoratus.  Along with looking like one of our native roses, this plant lack prickers or thorns as found on typical Raspberries and instead has sticky hairs which are sort of neat to touch. Their pollen filled flowers go on to produce edible fruit that I've read taste as good as if not slightly less than traditional red Raspberries. Honestly though it might be a sacrifice I can live with if I could get a row of these beauties in my yard every year. Why isn't this plant more widely sold? Or at least crossed so the red raspberry produces a prettier flower?