201 views, April 30, 2013
Taken on June 9, 2012 in Pembroke, Ontario, Canada along the abandoned railway tracks.
M, shutter speed 1/100, F/5.6, ISO 400, focal length 55mm
This is some information gleaned from WIKIPEDIA – (However, I am not an expert in researching and I find it hard to believe that one could describe these flowers as purple – the closest blossoms were actually a much paler pink indicating, I thought to myself, old age. The leaves match the description perfectly.)
“Rubus odoratus (Purple-flowered Raspberry,Flowering Raspberry, or Virginia raspberry) is a species of Rubus, native to eastern North America, from Nova Scotia west to Ontario, and south to Georgia and Alabama.
It is a shrub growing to 3 m tall, with (unlike many other species in the genus) perennial, not biennial stems. Also, unlike most other related species this plant does not have thorns. The leaves are palmately lobed with five (rarely three or seven) lobes, up to 25 cm long and broad, superficially resembling maple leaves. The flowers are 3–5 cm diameter, with five purple petals; they are produced from early spring to early fall. The fruit matures in late summer to early autumn, and resembles a large, flat raspberry with many drupelets, and is rather fuzzy to the touch and tongue.
It is widely grown as an ornamental plant for its conspicuous flowers with a long flowering period. This plant likes partial shade, rich, slightly acid soil and moderate water. It is locally naturalized in parts of Washington and also in Europe, notably southeastern England.”