Herb: Bush Lawyer

Latin name: Rubus cissoides

Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Edible parts of Bush Lawyer:

Fruit - raw or cooked. The fruit is about 7mm in diameter. The sap can be extracted and used raw or cooked.

Description of the plant:


4 m
(13 feet)

June to

Habitat of the herb:

Forests from lowland to montane areas throughout New Zealand.

Other uses of Bush Lawyer:

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 Bush Lawyer:

Forests from lowland to montane areas throughout New Zealand.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Rubus cissoides:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.