Herb: Sand Blackberry


Latin name: Rubus cuneifolius


Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)



Edible parts of Sand Blackberry:

Fruit - raw or cooked. Dry but sweet and with a good flavour. The fruit is about 9mm in diameter. The fruit can be up to 25mm long and has a delicious flavour.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Deciduous
Shrub

Height:
50 cm
(1 foot)

Flowering:
June
to July

Habitat of the herb:

Dry sandy or rocky soils of the coastal plain and outer piedmont.

Other uses of Sand Blackberry:

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 Sand Blackberry:

Dry sandy or rocky soils of the coastal plain and outer piedmont.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Rubus cuneifolius:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.