The starry white flowers of the Blackberries are very conspicuous and exceedingly common during May and June, when they smother the tangled, bristly bramble patches with their fluffy, snowy whiteness. Owing to the numerous prickles with which the stems are armed, the showy flowers are not popular as a nosegay. The fruit ripens during July and August. It is at first green, then red, and finally black, graduating through the intermediate shades as it matures. Blackberry jam is one of the oldest cupboard favourites in the sweetmeat line, and blackberry brandy or cordial is a simple and popular remedy, much respected as an adjunct to the family medicine chest. The syrup is made from the roots as well as from the juice of the ripe fruit.