Herb latin name: Rubus corchorifolius
Synonyms: Rubus oliveri, Rubus villosus
Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Edible parts of Rubus corchorifolius:Fruit - raw or cooked. A delicious vinous flavour. The red fruits are up to 12mm in diameter.
Description of the plant:
(8 1/4 foot)
Habitat of the herb:Thickets to 1200 metres in W. China. Sunny slopes, streamsides, montane valleys, thickets and waste places at elevations of 200 - 2600 metres.
Other uses of Rubus corchorifolius: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 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 Rubus corchorifolius:Thickets to 1200 metres in W. China. Sunny slopes, streamsides, montane valleys, thickets and waste places at elevations of 200 - 2600 metres.
Medicinal use of the herb:None known
Known hazards of Rubus corchorifolius:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.