Herb latin name: Rubus henryi


Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)



Edible parts of Rubus henryi:

Fruit - raw or cooked. A very sweet flavour. The black fruit is 13 - 15mm in diameter. The young leaves are used to make tea.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Evergreen
Climber

Height:
6 m
(20 feet)

Flowering:
June to
August

Habitat of the herb:

Slopes, valleys, mountainous areas, forests and thickets at elevations to 2500 metres in Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan and Sichuan Provinces, China.

Other uses of Rubus henryi:

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 Rubus henryi:

Slopes, valleys, mountainous areas, forests and thickets at elevations to 2500 metres in Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan and Sichuan Provinces, China.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Rubus henryi:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.