Answer to the Front Page Picture of the Week Question
for Aug 15th - Aug 24th, 2005
This is Rubus odoratus or purple-flowering raspberry.
Purple-flowering raspberry displays its fragrant flowers from June into
August and is hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 3-8.
Even though the red fruits (inset, lower right) look appetizing, they are
dry and crumbly. While unpalatable to humans, the fruits attract songbirds
and butterflies to the garden. You can view this purple-flowering raspberry in the
Fern Valley Native Plant Collection.