Kurt Elieson

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First Class requirement #6: Identify or show evidence of at least 10 kinds of native plants found in your community.

Blackberries grow natively around Dallas-Fort Worth. The native plants have lots of small razor-like thorns all along their branches. You can get varieties with only a few thorns to plant in your yard. Leaves are red at first and then turn green after a few days.

Like any vine, blackberries want to climb on top of fences and other plants. But you can also find them growing in the middle of grassy fields.

Wild blackberries are edible and exactly the same as what you find in the grocery store. The berries ripen in late spring. The sweetest berries will those that are dark in color and swollen with juice.

Click on the pictures to see them up close.

Page last updated 2011.11.07