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:


2.5 m
(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 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. 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.