Herb: Dogberry

Latin name: Ribes cynosbati

Synonyms: Grossularia cynosbati

Family: Grossulariaceae (Currant Family)

Medicinal use of Dogberry:

The root or the root bark has been used in the treatment of uterine problems caused by having too many children. An infusion of the root has been used as a wash for sore eyes.

Description of the plant:


150 cm
(5 feet)


Habitat of the herb:

Open, loamy or rocky woods.

Edible parts of Dogberry:

Fruit - raw or cooked. A pleasant sub-acid flavour, good for quenching thirst, they also make excellent pies, jellies and preserves. A gooseberry. The fruit can also be dried for later use. The fruit is about 10mm in diameter and is covered with short weak bristles.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed requires 4 - 5 months cold stratification at between -2 to +2C and should be sown as early in the year as possible. Under normal storage conditions the seed can remain viable for 17 years or more. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter, planting them out in late spring of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 10 - 15cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, preferably with a heel of the previous year's growth, November to February in a cold frame or sheltered bed outdoors.

Cultivation of Dogberry:

Open, loamy or rocky woods.

Known hazards of Ribes cynosbati:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.