WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: SAWTOOTH BLACKBERRY; PENNSYLVANIA BLACKBERRY (Rubus pensilvanicus)
CAREFUL! Thorns! Pollinators and other Insects are drawn to the flowers, juicy berries are a favorite among birds, reptiles, insects and mammals, including me. Rabbits browse leaves as do some insects. Excellent cover.
Synonym: Rubus argutus
Learn more: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ag238
Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://naeb.brit.org/uses/search/?string=Rubus
Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2256