This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
A CORRESPONDENT in a P. S. to a business letter wishes to know if the above named fruit is indigenous to Iowa, or whether its culture is known in the State. The trailing or ground Blackberry, as it is or was usually called in New England, is an old acquaintance of ours. Its fruit there is of higher quality than that of the high bush-blackberry. It is not, so far as we know, found growing wild in this State; we obtained plants from the east in 1864. It grows luxuriantly here, but produces no fruit. In New England it is generally found the most productive in the poorest soil; it might bear fruit on the sandy, gravelly, knobby land, occasionally met with in this State. But it shows no fruitfulness on our ordinary soil. On the other hand, we find it an intolerable nuisance. It literally covers the ground with a net-work of vines, and appears to be no less tenacious of life than does the Canada thistle. Cutting up the vines two or three times during the season appears only to invigorate its growth; our advice is to let it alone.
We will thank any one to take what we have of it, and pay a premium for its eradication from our ground to boot.