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:
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 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 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.