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Blackberry, Himalayan

Himalayan Blackberry
Rosaceae
Edible fruit, Perennials

Native to Armenia, this rampant, thorny blackberry has naturalized in two dozen states from coast to coast. It is hard to control because its thorny canes can grow 20 ft. in a season. Its roots are perennial, but its canes biennial. White flowers are followed in summer by large, delicious black berries that are good fresh and in jams and pies. Because the fruit is so good and the plant so difficult to eradicate, it is usually left alone. But don’t plant it in your garden: there are better, more manageable choices.

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