Herb: Wild Raspberry


Latin name: Rubus calycinus


Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)



Edible parts of Wild Raspberry:

Fruit - raw or cooked. The red to dark red fruit is up to 14mm in diameter. It is possibly edible - it certainly is not poisonous.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
100 cm
(3 1/4 foot)

Flowering:
June
to July

Habitat of the herb:

Moist shady banks and forests, 2100 - 3000 metres. Slopes, forests and forest margins at elevations of 1200 - 3000 metres.

Other uses of Wild Raspberry:

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 Wild Raspberry:

Moist shady banks and forests, 2100 - 3000 metres. Slopes, forests and forest margins at elevations of 1200 - 3000 metres.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Rubus calycinus:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.