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Rubus chamaemorus - L.

Common Name Cloudberry
Family Rosaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Cool boggy places, often found amongst bilberries on hills and mountain sides, avoiding shade and calcareous soils.
Range Northern Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to Germany and N. Asia.
Edibility Rating    (4 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Wet Soil Full sun
Rubus chamaemorus Cloudberry

Rubus chamaemorus Cloudberry


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Physical Characteristics

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Rubus chamaemorus is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 2. It is in flower from June to August, and the seeds ripen from July to September. The species is dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required). and is pollinated by Bees, flies. The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist or wet soil.



Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Bog Garden; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers;  Fruit.
Edible Uses: Tea.

Fruit - raw or cooked[183, 257]. Sour but delicious, the fruit can be eaten out of hand or stewed, used in preserves, pies etc[183]. Rich in vitamin C[257]. The sweet fruit tastes like baked apples[207]. Flowers - raw. The fresh or dried leaves are used as a tea substitute.

Medicinal Uses

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Febrifuge;  Infertility;  TB.

A decoction of the roots has been used as 'woman's medicine'[257]. A decoction of the root and lower stem has been used by barren women to try and become pregnant[257]. The root has been used in the treatment of coughs, fevers and consumption[257].

Other Uses


A purple to dull blue dye is obtained from the fruit[168].

Cultivation details

Easily grown in a good well-drained loamy soil in sun or semi-shade[1, 11, 200]. Avoids calcareous soils in the wild and is often found in boggy soils[17]. Considered to be a gourmet fruit, it is occasionally sold in speciality stores[183]. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.


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Seed - requires stratification and is best sown in early autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed requires one month stratification at about 3°c and is best sown as early as possible in the year. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and grow on in a cold frame. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[200]. Division in early spring or just before leaf-fall in the autumn[200].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Jennifer Russell   Tue Aug 24 20:35:33 2004

Hi! I am from Newfoundland, Canada, and the "bakeapple" or cloudberry is quite common here. I was just checking to see if there was anywhere else in the world that it grew. I guess there is!! I would be curious to know if your cloudberry and our bakeapple have adapted differently! It is common for that to happen in Newfoundland for some reason! Must have something to do with living on an island! Your page was quite useful to me! Perhaps you can add Newfoundland and Labrador to its range! Thanks, Jennifer

Marguerite Dawson-Bomberry   Tue Jul 10 2007

I am looking for bakeapple/cloudberry plants. If someone knows where I can purchase some please contact me via e-mail. Nanarete@msn.com

Michael   Thu Oct 16 2008

I am also looking for a supplier of cloudberry plants for growing in Caithness, Does anyone know of a supplier? Thanks in anticipation, Michael

angus ross   Thu Feb 12 2009

Does anyone know of a supplier of cloudberry plants? I would be very interested to hear from you if so!

Mark Deichmann   Tue May 19 2009

We have alot of cloudberries here in northern norway and are considering progagating.I can recieve comments at ArcticCockles@hotmail.com

Helen Hodder   Tue Jun 9 2009

looking for them myself, after eating them in Norway wheremy daughter now lives. Found a listing at Poyntzfield nursery Scotland 01381 610352 .

   Fri Jul 24 2009

Cloudberry plants for cultivation are available in Finland. At least one should be available US. In Finland: Set of 2male + 8female cost 25eur.Cultivations also named 'Apollen', 'Fjordgull', 'Nuby' which sound like Swedish or Norwegian which they are perhaps originated. Seeds are available f.ex. http://www.b-and-t-world-seeds.com/carth.asp?species=Rubus%20chamaemorus&sref=51098

cloudberry plants   Feb 21 2011 12:00AM

Cloudberry plants have been growing on our nursery, Peuraniemen taimitarha, since 2002. We have both Norwegian and Finnish cultivars. Norwegians are Fjellgull, Fjordgull (females) and Apollen, Apolto (males). The Finnsih is hermaphrodite cultivar, Nyby. Found from the western coast of Finland. See or contact www.peuraniementaimitarha.fi
Peuraniemen taimitarha

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