(Rubus articus x stellarticus) variety Sophia. Rarely seen in the United States, these super hardy groundcover raspberries were developed in Sweden by noted horticulturist Gunny Larsson. Thick raspberry foliage grows only one foot tall each spring and dies completely back to the ground each winter, only to resprout vigorously from the roots the next spring. Therefore, the potted plants which we offer may be without top foliage if purchased in winter.The pink fragrant flowers and juicy, delicious bright aromatic berries add to its landscape attraction. The fruit ripens over about 6 weeks starting in July and looks ripe before it is ready to pick! Wait until it separates easily from the plant to harvest. The plants are fully hardy since they are a hybrid of Alaskan and Swedish arctic raspberries. They appreciate a well drained soil and full sun. Plant at 1'-2' spacing and weed and water well to get the plants established. It will take 3 years to start fruiting.