Page authors: Don Knoke, David Giblin
Rubus idaeus
red raspberry
WTU specimens
Other herbaria
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Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California, east across most of North America to the Atlantic Coast.

Habitat: Wet or dry woodland to open and often rocky mountain slopes.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Strong perennial 1-2 m. tall, more or less bristly and prickly, otherwise glabrous or pubescent, the bark yellow to cinnamon-brown, peeling.


Leaves alternate, usually trifoliate, the leaflets ovate-oblong to broadly lanceolate, 4-10 cm. long, irregularly biserrate, green and glabrous on the upper surface, usually gray-woolly beneath.


Flowers several, 1-4 per axil, forming a leafy, racemose inflorescence; calyx somewhat woolly to bristly-glandular, the 5 lobes reflexed, lanceolate, 4-8 mm. long; petals 5, white, ascending, narrowly oblong, 4-6 mm. long; stamens 75-100, glabrous; pistils numerous, styles slender


Drupelets weakly coherent to form a red raspberry, finely short-woolly.

Accepted Name:
Rubus idaeus L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 492. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
ssp. strigosus – grayleaf red raspberry
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Rubus idaeus in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Rubus idaeus checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Rubus idaeus atlas page.

CalPhotos: Rubus idaeus photos.

USDA Plants: Rubus idaeus information.

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