Kathy Ormiston, PADG


Botanical Name: 
Rubus pentalobus
(ROO-bus pen-tuh-LOH-bus)
Common Name: 
Creeping Raspberry
Plant Type: 
Ground cover
Mature Size: 
6 ft. wide and 6 in. to 12 in. tall
Water Requirements: 
Low: water every 3 weeks until the root ball is wet
Sun/Shade Requirements: 
Half sun to shade
Flower Color : 
Small white flowers

Rubus pentalobus is a tough, low maintenance ground cover that does well in dry shade -- a rare combination. We also like that the dense, spiny branches discourage weeds.

The tiny fruit of Rubus pentalobus is edible, although you'll probably only get enough to sprinkle on a bowl of cereal.