Herb latin name: Berchemia racemosa

Family: Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn Family)

Edible parts of Berchemia racemosa:

Fruit. The ripe fruit is eaten. The fruit is about 8mm in diameter. Leaves - cooked and used as a vegetable. The leaves are a tea substitute.

Description of the plant:


12 m
(39 feet)


Habitat of the herb:

Thickets in low mountains.

Propagation of Berchemia racemosa:

Seed - sow spring or autumn in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Cuttings of mature wood of the current season's growth, November to January in a frame. Root cuttings in winter. Layering of young stems in winter.

Cultivation of the herb:

Thickets in low mountains.

Medicinal use of Berchemia racemosa:

None known

Known hazards of Berchemia racemosa:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.