Herb latin name: Rubus amabilis


Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)



Edible parts of Rubus amabilis:

Fruit - raw or cooked. Large with a good flavour. A sweet taste. The fruit is about 16mm in diameter.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Deciduous
Shrub

Height:
2 m
(6 1/2 foot)

Flowering:
June
to July

Habitat of the herb:

Scrambles on the forest floor, 1300 - 3800 metres. Foothills, along ditches, montane valleys, slopes, forests, thickets, forest margins and roadsides at elevations of 1000 - 3700 metres.

Other uses of Rubus amabilis:

A purple to dull blue dye is obtained from the fruit.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - requires stratification and is best sown in early autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed requires one month stratification at about 3C and is best sown as early as possible in the year. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and grow on in a cold frame. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring of the following year. Division in early spring or just before leaf-fall in the autumn.

Cultivation of Rubus amabilis:

Scrambles on the forest floor, 1300 - 3800 metres. Foothills, along ditches, montane valleys, slopes, forests, thickets, forest margins and roadsides at elevations of 1000 - 3700 metres.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Rubus amabilis:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.