Herb latin name: Rubus australis


Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)



Edible parts of Rubus australis:

Fruit - raw or cooked. Juicy. The yellow fruits have an outstanding flavour. The sap can be extracted and used as a drink.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Evergreen
Climber

Flowering:
June
to July


Scent:
Scented
Climber

Habitat of the herb:

Forest fringes. When growing in an open sunny position it forms a flowerless and leafless plant.

Other uses of Rubus australis:

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. 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 Rubus australis:

Forest fringes. When growing in an open sunny position it forms a flowerless and leafless plant.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Rubus australis:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.