A charming mid-sized
deciduous shrub with delicate purple flowers
and tasty golden-red berries. The flowers
are singular, and the fruits resemble
Raspberries. A true Pacific NW native
that prefers shade and moist soil. It
is an excellent “habitat plant”
for smaller song birds, and Humminbirds
are highly attracted to its flowers.
or taller, if happy. Gently arching
branches from a common base. Small,
soft thorns that break on touch. Tolerates
pruning VERY well, which is important
for maintaining a good size in small
to full shade. Average to moist soil.
Often found in forests near seasonal seeps
or streams. For example, common along
Forest Parks's Wildwood Trail a seeps
and small streams.
Where to plant
the north side of house, tree or other
structure, i.e., at least partial shade.
Also, well suited for downspout disconnect
zones, rain gardens or other seasonally
wet spots. Grows well alone or in hedges
or thickets. Prefers a good layer of duff.