Wild Flowers Provence

Identify wild flowers, trees, shrubs, orchids and other plants in Provence, France.

Environ 2800 photos de près de 700 plantes sauvages.  Comment le voir en français.
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Rubus fruticosus

La ronce à feuilles d’orme
Elm-leaved Bramble


Additional information

Plant family


Provence Verte

Flower colour



Flower size

20-32 mm

Flowering months




Leaf type



2 m


A variable scrambling bramble which forms large thickets, giving a necessary refuge to wildlife. Invasive, once established it sends out runners covering several metres of soil.
There are 50 species in France, 3 in the Mediterranean area. The roots were used as a source for black ink. Charcoal, made from the wood, was used to fill gun-powder cartridges.


Rubus caesius: flowers white,
Rubus ulmifolius: flowers bright light pink,
Rubus tomentosus: flowers white-yellow.


Elliptic oval leaf. Rubus ulmifolius: leaves in the shape of an elm leaf, hence the name in Latin, English and French.
Rubus tomentosus: leaves soft, white underneath.

Fruits Seeds

Drupe: an aggregate of drupelets, outer fleshy parts surround a pit with a seed inside. Rubus caesius: bluish fruit, acidic in taste.


Blackberries are used for culinary purposes in jellies, pies, syrups, sorbets and by fermenting the berries, as in ‘vin de mure’.


Berries rich in Vitamins A and C, sugars, pectin, tannin and mineral salts. An infusion of the leaves treats diarrhoea, the infusion resembling thé vert.

Buds: an infusion of the buds is used as a gargle to treat a sore throat.

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