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Sand blackberry is a Florida native with beautiful blooms that provide food for a variety of wildlife. Sand blackberry starts to bloom in late winter and slows down once the heat of summer sets in.

The flowers are a very important source of nectar for bees and butterflies because during the late winter little else is blooming.  As soon as the first bloom opens a bee will alight upon it for its first sip of nectar after a long, hard, winter of scarce nectar sources. Once the bees, and butterflies, have pollinated the blossoms the fruit starts to grow and ripen.  By late spring the blackberries begin to turn red and then dark purple.

Sand blackberry grows in dry sites such as sandhills, flatwoods, pinelands, roadsides, disturbed clearings, fencerows, and thickets.

Source: Sharon’s Florida

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