Today’s mystery plant is featured in the free video podcast titled “Using Photography for Plant Identification.”
When you can identify it, please post both the common and scientific names in your comment below. Also, feel free to add any stories of personal experiences you’ve had with this plant.
ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images): Wild blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis)
Hmmmm….it looks a lot like a black raspberry: rubus occidentalis. But I’m not sure. We do have black raspberries growing in our yard, but I couldn’t run outside and match any of these pics with the plant, since it’s March (no flowers, no fruit). I used to see (and occasionally pick a few) black raspberries in the Willamette Valley in Oregon!
Just to keep folks guessing for a while . . . It’s not black raspberry (although you’re very close, Claire). And the answer can be found in the April 6, 2011 newsletter.
wild blackberry, no doubt. there are lots of them here in eastern Ok
Carl, you’re correct! And the scientific name is Rubus allegheniensis.
In the past, I loved to harvest their “free” fruit from alongside abandoned roads in southeastern Ohio. Now I find myself pulling them up (and repeatedly digging them up) from my vegetable beds as they encroach from the nearby hillside. I’m also learning a new appreciation for blackberry leaves and roots which have medicinal properties.