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.
Height: 1-4 m.
Other Uses: N
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
Flowers: Flowers 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 uses: Traditionally, 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.