Herb: Highbush Blackberry
Latin name: Rubus argutus
Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Medicinal use of Highbush Blackberry:The roots are antihaemorrhoidal, antirheumatic, astringent, stimulant and tonic. An infusion can be used in the treatment of venereal disease and as a wash in the treatment of piles. An infusion of the roots or leaves can be used in the treatment of diarrhoea and rheumatism.
Description of the plant:
(8 1/4 foot)
Habitat of the herb:Dry or moist thickets and woodland margins.
Edible parts of Highbush Blackberry:Fruit - raw or cooked. Variable in size and quality but generally with rather large and juicy drupelets. The pulpy fruit is up to 25mm long.
Other uses of the herb:A purple to dull blue dye is obtained from the fruit.
Propagation of Highbush Blackberry:Seed - requires stratification and is best sown in early autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed requires one month stratification at about 3°C 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. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Tip layering in July. Plant out in autumn. Division in early spring or just before leaf-fall in the autumn.
Cultivation of the herb:Dry or moist thickets and woodland margins.
Known hazards of Rubus argutus:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.