Latin name: Rubus chamaemorusCloudberry

Height: 20-25cm

Where: Wet boggy moorland and mountainsides

When: Summer for possible flowers and fruit

When it’s not fruiting it would be hard to guess that the cloudberry is actually a relation of brambles and raspberries. It is a small, unassuming plant that nestles high among the blaeberries and heather of our moors and mountains. It is a true sub-Arctic species, more often found in Scandinavia than Scotland. Possibly because of this we rarely see its snowy flowers or ruddy orange fruit in our Scottish hills. Its leaves look a little like those of blackcurrants, but of course without their aromatic smell.

Its romantic-sounding name – ‘cloudberry’ – actually comes from the Old English word ‘clud’, meaning ‘hill’, rather than from its habit of growing high on the mountainside among the clouds!

Any natural place contains an infinite reservoir of information, and therefore the potential for inexhaustible new discoveries.

Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods