American Red Raspberry, you’re native in the states.
For luscious berry treasures, we longingly await.
A thorny bush of shelter you motherly provide
small plant and animal protection under and inside.
When birthing a baby, Fu Pen Zi leaf tea
will aid in and shorten a mother’s delivery.
Dried Rubus strigosus leaves smell like black tea.
There’s no nervous jitter because you’re free from caffeine.
You’re sweet, dry, and astringent, and slightly cooling too.
Your dark green topped leaves with an under silver hue.
Beyond the sweet berries that we so love to eat,
the birds, bees, and butterflies find your flowers quite sweet.
If your USDA plant zone is 4,5,6,7,or 8,
these shrubs are deer-resistant – isn’t that great?!?
They provide so much love and they’re easy to grow
so find a sunny spot and plant a hedge row.
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Rubus idaeus L. ssp. strigosus
Raspberry | They Come In Brambles
They are easily identified by the 3 to 5 doubly-serrated leaflets (jagged looking edges) that are dark green on the top, and silvery and fuzzy on the underside. They have prickly canes (stems) that will grow for two years, then die off, pushing out side shoots (I call them children) that help form a bramble – a rough, tangled, prickly shrub.
- Raspberries aren’t really berries or fruits at all! They are made up of tiny drupes that are held together as a hollow cone shape. It’s okay, we don’t judge if you want to call them berries.
- When you dry their leaves and grind them up, they smell like black tea.
- An infusion of the dried leaves tastes like a mild black tea and (BONUS) there is no caffeine.
From Bramble To Cup
Raspberries are like a town center for many species. The bramble thicket provides a protective barrier for wildlife such as chipmunks, mice, squirrels, raccoons, snakes, and small birds often use it as a nesting location.
Pollinators, such as butterflies and bees, enjoy the flowers’ nectar. Some native bees even use the thorns as nesting material.
The berries are a favorite for bears and skunks, as well as humans.
From a homeowner’s perspective, raspberries provide a multi-functional shrub that is deer resistant!
Herbal Actions & Medicinal Uses
Below is some basic herbal information based on Western Herbalism and Chinese Medicine (TCM). Raspberry leaf is considered safe and is even used to aid in delivery for pregnant women. It also supports a more rhythmic and regular menstrual cycle.
With any herbs and supplements, always consult with a licensed health professional before use.
Parts Most Frequently Used: Leaf, Fruit (aka, drupes)
Flavors: Mild, Bitter, Cool
Primary Organs: Kidney, Liver, Spleen, Reproductive Organs
- Tonifies the Kidneys
- Binds Jing (Essence)
- Builds Kidney & Liver Qi
American red raspberry is a native North American species.
This is a full sun loving plant who needs at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. If it will receive partial shade, it should be for only 2-4 hours. During fruiting season (spring/fall) it needs plenty of water, as well as well-drained soil because it hates “wet feet.”
If you plant a first year plant, don’t expect it to bear fruit. It is a patient plant and you’ll need to be as well, waiting until year two to see the fruits of its labors.
Red Raspberry bushes need between 3 to 6 feet of height and 6 to 12 feet of breadth to grow.
USDA Hardiness Zone(s): 4-7
All plants are sacred. Red Raspberry is particularly sacred to the power of women.
- The dried leaves can invoke fertility and protect your unborn child.
- The berries can be used to create a simple love potion (“Careful what you wish for, dear!”)
- You can plant a hedge row to protect your dwelling, work or home.
Below is some of the symbolism associated with Red Raspberry.
|☾ The Moon||♋ Cancer|
|♀ Venus||♓ Pisces|
|🜄 Water||◉ Sacral Chakra|
|Norse: Freyja||Greek: Hera, Ilithyia|