The five large, deep pink, rose-like petals and the ring of light yellow stamens of this attractive flower give it a truly Wild Rose-like appearance. While it is really a member of the same family, its large, maplelike leaf easily distinguishes it as the Virginia Raspberry. The erect, branching, leafy stalk grows from three to five feet high, and is somewhat bristly, but thornless. The strongly veined, but loose-textured leaf is sometimes nearly a foot broad, and has three or five pointed lobes, the middle one of which is the longest. It has a heart-shaped base, a finely toothed margin, and a slightly rough surface. The leaves grow alternately, and are set on long stems. The fragrant, showy, purplish pink flower is an inch or two broad and has five rounded, curving petals which fade to a lighter shade. The calyx has five long, pointed parts and is thickly covered with sticky, red hairs. The numerous flowers are borne in loose terminal clusters on short, sticky, reddish stems. They continue to blossom even after some of the fruit has begun to ripen. The fruit resembles that of a flat red raspberry and is scarcely edible. The Virginia Raspberry is found in rocky woods and along shady roadways during June, July, and August, from Nova Scotia to Ontario and Michigan, and south to Georgia and Tennessee.
The Salmonberry or White Flowering Raspberry, R. parviflorus, is a similar species, having fewer, white, oval - petaled flowers and less bristly but coarser - toothed leaves, the latter having the centre lobe, not conspicuously longer than the others. It is found in rocky woods from Michigan and Minnesota to Alaska and California, and south in the Rocky Mountains to Utah and Colorado, from May to July. The fruit is red.