Herb: Himalayan Mulberry
Latin name: Morus serrata
Family: Moraceae (Mulberry Family)
Medicinal use of Himalayan Mulberry:The juice of the root is used as an anthelmintic.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Forests and shrubberies, 1200 - 2700 metres.
Edible parts of Himalayan Mulberry:Fruit - raw. Mucilaginous and sweet but not very fleshy.
Other uses of the herb:Wood - moderately hard, fine grained. It is highly valued for furniture, agricultural implements etc.
Propagation of Himalayan Mulberry:The seed germinates best if given 2 - 3 months cold stratification. Sow the seed as soon as it is ripe if possible, otherwise in February in a cold frame. The seed usually germinates in the first spring, though it sometimes takes another 12 months. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7 - 10cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Plant out in spring. A good percentage take, though they sometimes fail to thrive. Cuttings of mature wood of the current season's growth, 25 - 30cm with a heel of 2 year old wood, autumn or early spring in a cold frame or a shady bed outside. Bury the cuttings to threequarters of their depth. Layering in autumn.
Cultivation of the herb:Forests and shrubberies, 1200 - 2700 metres.
Known hazards of Morus serrata:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.