Bramble Rubus fruticosus
|Status||Green - Least concern|
|Best Time to See||May, June, July, August, September|
A rambling plant with delicate white or pink flowers which are followed later in the year by juicy blackberries.
The stems have prickles and the leaves are hairy. Come autumn, its fruit is a widely recognised sight, turning from red to the near-black that gives them their name. Going 'blackberrying' is still a common practice today and one of the few acts of foraging to survive into the modern age.
Can be found in multiple habitats, including hedge banks, scrubland, woodland and waste ground.
Best time to see
The bramble usually flowers in July and August, although its blossom has been known to appear in June. If its blackberries you're after, they are usually adorning the branches in early autumn.
Did you know?
People in the UK have been snacking on blackberries for generations - so long, in fact, that their seeds were found in the belly of a Neolithic man uncovered by archaeologists at Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex.
In Britain over 400 microspecies have been recognised, each one differing slightly in fruiting time, size, texture and taste. In some varieties you can detect subtle hints of plum, grape, apple or lemon.
Bramble bushes were once planted on graves to deter grazing sheep and cover less slightly weeds, but also probably for magical and ancient hopes of keeping the Devil out and the dead in.