Herb: Bristly Locust

Latin name: Robinia fertilis

Family: Leguminosae

Description of the plant:


2 m
(6 1/2 foot)

May to

Habitat of Bristly Locust:

Dry woodland and hillside scrub.

Other uses of the herb:

Plants produce an extensive suckering root system and can be used for soil stabilization on banks etc.

Propagation of Bristly Locust:

Seed - pre-soak for 48 hours in warm water and sow the seed in late winter in a cold frame. A short stratification improves germination rates and time. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in the following summer. The seed remains viable for over 10 years in normal storage. Suckers taken during the dormant season.

Cultivation of the herb:

Dry woodland and hillside scrub.

Medicinal use of Bristly Locust:

None known

Known hazards of Robinia fertilis:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.