Rubus trivialis

Southern Dewberry, coastal plain dewberry

Description: perennial subshrub vine

Place of origin: south-central and southeastern US

Urban habitat: commonly found along roadsides, stream banks, oil fields, and in dry sandy soils; thrives in full sun or partial shade.

Ecological function: pioneer species; food for wildlife.

History: Cherokee and Seminole Native American tribes used Rubus trivialis medicinally to treat urinary problems, stomach aches, venereal disease, diarrhea, sore throat, rheumatism, and used it as a stimulant and astringent. The plant is used to create blackberry cultivars. A purple to dull blue dye can be obtained from its fruit.