Herb: Yankee Blackberry


Latin name: Rubus frondosus


Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)



Medicinal use of Yankee Blackberry:

A decoction of the root has been used to restore the menstrual flow and to treat lung problems.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Deciduous
Shrub

Height:
80 cm
(2 feet)

Flovering:
June

Habitat of the herb:

Thickets and borders of woods. Mainly found in dry soils.

Edible parts of Yankee Blackberry:

Fruit - raw or cooked. The berries have been cooked, shaped into little cakes and then dried for winter use.

Other uses of the herb:

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

Propagation of Yankee Blackberry:

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:

Thickets and borders of woods. Mainly found in dry soils.

Known hazards of Rubus frondosus:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.