Salmonberry

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Rubus spectabilis – lila’ulhp (Island Halkomelem)

A shrub growing to 1–4 m tall, with perennial, not biennial woody stems that are covered with fine prickles.

Height1-4 m.

EdibleY

Medicine:  N

Other Uses: N

Poisonous: N

SoilNitrogen-rich

Watering: Moist to wet

Sun: Shade to full sun

Usually found at: Moist forests and stream margins, especially in the coastal forests. In open areas they often form large thickets, and thrive in the open spaces under stands of red alder

Pollinators & wildlife: Hummingbirds

Ornamental: Grown widely for its pretty flowers

 

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Rubus spectabilis – lila’ulhp (Island Halkomelem)

A shrub growing to 1–4 m tall, with perennial, not biennial woody stems that are covered with fine prickles.

Height1-4 m.

EdibleY

Medicine:  N

Other Uses: N

Poisonous: N

SoilNitrogen-rich

Watering: Moist to wet

Sun: Shade to full sun

Usually found at: Moist forests and stream margins, especially in the coastal forests. In open areas they often form large thickets, and thrive in the open spaces under stands of red alder

Pollinators & wildlife: Hummingbirds

Ornamental: Grown widely for its pretty flowers

 

Leaves: Three leaflets, 7–22 cm long, the terminal leaflet larger than the two side leaflets

FlowersFlowers are 2–3 cm in diameter, with five pinkish-purple petals. Produced from early spring to early summer.

Berries: Resembles a large shiny yellow to orange-red blackberry 1.5–2 cm long with many drupelets

First Nations usesTraditionally, the berries were eaten with salmon or mixed with oolichan grease or salmon roe. They were not dried because of their high moisture content. Stem sprouts were also peeled and eaten raw or steamed.

 

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