Plants, Weird and unusual, Common and underutilized,
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Rubus thibetanus 'Silver Fern',
Ghost bramble Fansastic garden plant,
Something for every day of the year,
In winter the dusty white stems reflect light and seem to become illuminated,
Thicket-forming deciduous shrub with erect or arching, prickly stems which are covered with a white bloom, making a bold show in winter. Triangular pinnate leaves with hairy leaflets giving a greenish-white appearance. Racemes of small purple-pink flowers in summer followed by rounded black fruits.
Prune hard in early spring, cutting some stems to ground level.