Connecticut Plants
Dew-drop (False Violet, Robin-run-away)
Rubus dalibarda L.

Dew-drop is an endangered plant in Connecticut. The name false violet comes not only from the heart-shaped leaves, but also because this plant, like violets, produces two kinds of flowers. Flowers with white petals (as seen in the photo) are mostly sterile. Dewdrop also produces cleistogamous flowers -- flowers that never open, but produce seed by self-fertilization. The cleistogamous flowers no petals, and they remain hidden beneath the leaves.

  • Synonyms: Dalibarda repens L.
  • Family: rose (Rosaceae)
  • Habitat: wet woods
  • Height: 2-5 inches
  • Flower size: 1/2 inch across
  • Flower color: white
  • Flowering time: June to August
  • Origin: native
Dalibarda repens L.

This photograph and the next below were taken in Ontario, Canada, where dew-drop is more common.

Dalibarda repens L.
Dalibarda repens L.