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Rubus nivalis
snow dwarf bramble, snow dewberry

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to southwest Oregon, also in west-central Idaho.

Habitat: Open to deeply shaded, usually moist areas in the mountains at middle elevations.

Flowers: June-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Trailing perennial with freely-rooting, slender, pubescent and retrorsely-prickly stems up to 2 m. long.


Leaf blades 3-6 cm. long, bright green and shining, glabrous, mostly simple, cordate-ovate, to 3-lobed, the margins dentate-serrate; petioles with curved prickles.


Flowers single or in pairs in the leaf axils; calyx lobes 5, ovate-lanceolate, pointed, 6-9 mm. long, reflexed, usually purplish; petals inconspicuous, pink to dull purple, narrowly elliptic, somewhat longer than the sepals; stamens about 15, filaments slender, purplish; pistils 4-9, pubescent.


Drupelets large, red; seeds 3-4 mm. long, wrinkled.

Accepted Name:
Rubus nivalis Douglas ex Hook.
Publication: Fl. Bor.-Amer. 1: 181. 1832.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Cardiobatus nivalis (Douglas ex Hook.) Greene
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Rubus nivalis checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Rubus nivalis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Rubus nivalis photos.

USDA Plants: Rubus nivalis information.

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