Thimbleberry (Rubus occidentalis) is a native berry shrub that thrives in a range of conditions. The deep red/black raspberries are delicious but the leaves can also be used for teas and baking. The dusty whitish-blue hue of its twigs also makes for a nice contrast in the garden.
Wet and cold stratification required. Mix seeds with moist substrate (vermiculite, perlite or moss) and place in a plastic bag and refrigerate for 6-8 weeks. Sow seed at 1/8 inch depth. Do not let seedling dry out while it is establishing.
Sow directly outdoors in late fall to overwinter.