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Rubus repens

Common Name(s):
False violet, Robin runaway
Native Plants, Perennials, Shrubs

Rubus repens, also known as False violet is a native perennial in the Roseaceae family.  Its leaves resemble violets, hence the common name.  The flowers however are not asymmetrical like violets, they have 5 radial petals like all members of the rose family.

The Genus Rubus, which includes Blackberry, Dewberry, and Raspberry, contains several species that differ sometimes only slightly, some of which are erect or arching shrubs up to 8 feet high.  Other species trail along the ground and are vine-like.  Most plants have thorny or bristly stems, and all but one species in North Carolina has compound leaves.  New shoots seldom have flowers or fruits, however, in the second year the branches will flower and fruit.  Typically, the “dewberries” produce fruits in the spring and the “blackberries or raspberries” during summer.   

Regions:  Mountain, Piedmont, Coastal Plains

Seasons of Interest: 

  Blooms:  Spring            Nut/Fruit/Seed:  Summer

Wildlife Value:    This plant is moderately resistant to damage from deer.  It provides excellent cover year round.  Butterflies and other insects are attracted to the blooms.  Its fruits are relished by songbirds, small mammals, foxes, raccoons, and black bears.  During the winter, birds and small mammals eat the seeds left from rotted fruit. White-tailed deer and rabbits browse the leaves.  This Genus contains some of the most important plants for wildlife in the Southeast.

Spring, summer
Flower Color:
The False violet has simple, ovate-orbiculate leaves with long petioles.
The False violet does best in boggy areas with wet soils, woodlands in partial to full shade.
Ontario east to Nova Scotia, south to North Carolina, and northwest to Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota
woodland, boggy, wet soil, wet sites, shade, songbirds, butterflies, wet

NCCES plant id: 3249

Rubus repens Rubus repens
R. A. Nonenmacher, CC BY-SA - 4.0
Rubus repens Rubus repens
R. A. Nonenmacher, CC BY-SA - 4.0