Herb latin name: Ribes magellanicum
Family: Grossulariaceae (Currant Family)
Medicinal use of Ribes magellanicum:Stomachic.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Open scrub, often with Berberis buxifolia, in forest clearings and wood margins from sea level to 300 metres.
Edible parts of Ribes magellanicum:Fruit - raw or cooked. A very agreeable flavour.
Propagation of the herb: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 5°C 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 Ribes magellanicum:Open scrub, often with Berberis buxifolia, in forest clearings and wood margins from sea level to 300 metres.
Known hazards of Ribes magellanicum:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.