Herb latin name: Ribes luridum


Family: Grossulariaceae (Currant Family)



Edible parts of Ribes luridum:

Fruit - raw or cooked. A sour flavour. The black fruit is about 6mm in diameter.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Deciduous
Shrub

Height:
100 cm
(3 1/4 foot)

Flowering:
June

Habitat of the herb:

Forests, forest margins, slopes and river banks at elevations of 2800 - 4100 metres in western China.

Propagation of Ribes luridum:

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed requires 3 months cold stratification at between 0 and 5C 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 the herb:

Forests, forest margins, slopes and river banks at elevations of 2800 - 4100 metres in western China.

Medicinal use of Ribes luridum:

None known

Known hazards of Ribes luridum:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.