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Rubus arcticus - L.
Common Name Arctic Bramble, Arctic raspberry, Dwarf raspberry
Family Rosaceae
USDA hardiness 2-7
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Damp peats or gravels, especially on calcareous soils[43].
Range Northern N. America, N. Europe and N. Asia. Formerly native to Britain in the Scottish highlands[17]
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

Also known as Nagoonberry in British Columbia. Fruit: Brownish purplish red, aromatic, sweet aggregate of drupes.

Rubus arcticus Arctic Bramble, Arctic raspberry, Dwarf raspberry

Rubus arcticus Arctic Bramble, Arctic raspberry, Dwarf raspberry
Physical Characteristics
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Rubus arcticus is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 1. It is in flower from Jun to July, and the seeds ripen from Jul to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Rubus arcticus ssp. acaulis - (Michx.)

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Flowers;  Fruit.
Edible Uses: Tea.

Fruit - raw or cooked[2, 61, 105, 257]. Very sweet, juicy and palatable with a pineapple-like aroma[1, 101, 172, 183]. Delicious when eaten out of hand, they are also used in making cakes, jams etc[183]. Unfortunately, they are often not produced very prolifically in a garden situation in Britain, probably because they prefer colder winters. Flowers - raw. Sweet and delicious[172]. The fresh or dried leaves are used as a tea substitute[61, 105, 183].
Medicinal Uses
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None known


Other Uses

A purple to dull blue dye is obtained from the fruit[168].
Cultivation details
Easily grown in a good well-drained loamy soil in a sunny position[1, 11]. A very variable species, it is sometimes divided into three species, viz.:- R. arcticus, R. acaulis and R. stellatus[101]. Suitable for growing in containers. Most often in acidic soils rich in organic matter.
Seed - requires stratification and is best sown in early autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed requires one month stratification at about 3°c and is best sown as early as possible in the year. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and grow on in a cold frame. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring of the following year. Division in early spring or just before leaf-fall in the autumn[200]. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer.
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : Least Concern
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Rubus bloxamii 20
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Graham Cullen   Mon Jan 7 2008
Where can I get some seeds of rubus arcticus? I would like to start growing them at home but cannot find a place to buy them.
Ken Fern Plants for a Future   Tue Jan 8 2008
I'm afraid that I do not currently know of a seed source for Rubus arcticus, though there are quite a few nurseries that sell the plant. If you live in Britain or mainland Europe you could try visiting the Plantfinder site at http://www.rhs.org.uk/RHSPlantFinder/plantfinder.asp If you live elsewhere in the world then there are probably other websites that detail nurseries that sell the plant. In America, for example, you could visit http://plants.usda.gov/.
R. M. Harley   Fri Aug 14 2009
No mention of the paper: Rubus arcticus in Britain, R.M. Harley, Watsonia 3 (4): 237-238 (1956), with b/w drawing of plant from Scotland. (Cosmo Melvill Herbarium, Harrow School).
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