Shrubs with Dissected or Maple-Like Leaves and Smooth Stems )
Rose Family (Rosaceae)
Habitat: Western Slope Montane/Disturbed Ground
Height: Up to 1.5 m
Description: Common on the western side of the divide, thimbleberry is easily identified by its enormous maple-style leaves. These 3 and 5 lobe leaves may be as much as 20 cm across, and the underside is lightly haired. They join the stem in an alternate manner. The flowers are white, with five showy petals. They grow in small groups at the end of leafless branches. In August, they are replaced by tart red raspberries. The berries are edible, but will make you pucker.
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