Herb latin name: Rhamnus purpureus
Family: Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn Family)
Medicinal use of Rhamnus purpureus:The fruit is purgative.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Generally on open shady aspects, 1300 - 3000 metres.
Propagation of Rhamnus purpureus:Seed - best sown in the autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed will require 1 - 2 months cold stratification at about 5°C and should be sown as early in the year as possible in a cold frame or outdoor seedbed. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle, and grow them on in the greenhouse or cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, autumn in a frame. Layering in early spring.
Cultivation of the herb:Generally on open shady aspects, 1300 - 3000 metres.
Known hazards of Rhamnus purpureus:Although no specific mention of toxicity has been found for this species, there is the suggestion that some members of this genus could be mildly poisonous.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.