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:
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 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 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.