Rubus fruticosus

What are Blackberries

The plants comprise of stems or canes covered in prickles to deter animals (and humans!). The canes can grow up to 7 metres long, reaching out to touch and take root in new ground. The distinctive tasty fruit is also an important key to identification.

It is one of those supremely successful weeds that employs a couple of different methods of spreading itself. Birds, of course, love the seeds that are enclosed within the tasty fruit. And the stems can take root whenever they touch the ground, so this pest plant can quickly expand into a huge clump.


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A dense bush which scrambles over roadsides, nature reserves and neglected gardens, especially in areas close to the sea.


Tall shrubs or small trees which spread by means of blue-black berries that form after flowering. Berries are spread by fruit-eating birds. Often blamed for aggravating hayfever and asthma symptoms.


An evergreen shrub or small tree, up to 15m tall. It has dark green prickly leaves and small off-white flowers which develop into red berries.

Bushy Asparagus

A perennial groundcover plant with sprawling wiry stems, up to 2 metres long, arising from underground rhizomes.