New England southward to Ga. westward to Mich.
Flowers: large; two inches broad; terminal; clustered. Calyx: of five long, slender lobes tipped with a fine point; hairy; sticky. Corolla: of five rosaceous petals. Stamens: numerous. Pistils: numerous. Fruit: similar to a raspberry, edible. Leaves: alternate; palmately three to five lobed, the middle lobe longer than the others; netted-veined; serrated. Stem: shrubby branching; clammy.
Hardly any description is needed of the purple-flowering raspberry as it is portrayed so clearly and beautifully by the coloured plate. We can all see that there is nothing plebeian or coarse about the plant. Its moral tone is evidently of the very highest. The leaves grow to a great size, and when folded together make excellent drinking cups, which often enable the weary traveller to quench his thirst by some near-by stream. As we all know, the berries are delightful.
The little group of bees on the plate remind us that Mr. Burroughs says the fact at the bottom of the common statement that bees have their own likes and dislikes for certain people, is simply that they will "sting a person who is afraid of them and goes skulking and dodging about, and they will not sting a person who faces them boldly and has no dread of them."
R. strigbsus and R. occidentalis are the red and black wild raspberries from which many of the cultivated varieties have been produced.