Herb: Northern Dewberry


Latin name: Rubus flagellaris


Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)



Medicinal use of Northern Dewberry:

The root is astringent, stimulant and tonic. An infusion has been used in the treatment of diarrhoea, venereal disease and rheumatism. An infusion has been used as a wash in the treatment of piles. The root has been chewed as a treatment for a coated tongue. The leaves are astringent. An infusion has been used in the treatment of diarrhoea.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Deciduous
Shrub

Height:
20 cm
(7 3/4 inch)

Habitat of the herb:

Dry fields, openings and borders of thickets in slightly acid soils.

Edible parts of Northern Dewberry:

Fruit - raw or cooked in pies, preserves etc. A rich flavour. The fruit is about 15mm in diameter. Young shoots - peeled and eaten raw. They are harvested as they come through the ground in spring and whilst they are still young and tender. The dried leaves make a fine tea.

Other uses of the herb:

A purple to dull blue dye is obtained from the fruit. A black dye is obtained from the green twigs.

Propagation of Northern Dewberry:

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 the herb:

Dry fields, openings and borders of thickets in slightly acid soils.

Known hazards of Rubus flagellaris:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.