Rubus idaeus (raspberry)

Rubus idaeus from the Rosaceae family is a well known and much loved aggregate fruit bearing plant from Europe and temperate Asia better known as raspberry, American red raspberry, or Grayleaf red raspberry.

R. idaeus is a deciduous shrub hardy to zone 3 (UK) and is not frost tender. Hermaphrodite flowers formed between June and August are self fertile, mainly pollinated by bees/flies. Growing up to 2 metres at a medium rate, this delightful plant can often be found in neglected or mixed deciduous hedges.

Rubus Idaeus (Raspberries)
Rubus idaeus (Raspberries)

Wildlife & Rubus idaeus

Flowers from R. idaeus provide a great source of nectar for bees, leaves are often eaten by insects such as caterpillars and the fruits are often eaten by birds and mammals such as badgers/foxes.

Wildlife & Eco Gardens can not take any responsibility for the ingestion, use or any adverse reactions from the use of plants. Always seek professional advice before using a plant medicinally.

Edible uses

  • Fruits, raw, dried or cooked
  • Herbal tea made from the dried leaves
  • Roots (neither too young or too old) can be eaten but require a lot of boiling first
  • Young shoots can be eaten like asparagus

Medicinal uses

Other uses

  • A dull blue dye can be obtained from the fruit
  • Fibres from the stems can be used to make paper

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