Herb latin name: Rubus ichangensis


Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)



Medicinal use of Rubus ichangensis:

The root is ised in medicine. We have no further information, but the root is a good source of tannins and so is likely to be used as an astringent.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Deciduous
Shrub

Height:
30 cm
(11 3/4 inch)

Flovering:
July

Habitat of the herb:

Thickets and ravines to 1800 metres. Slopes, fallow fields, dense forests in valleys and thickets at elevations of 800 - 2500 metres.

Edible parts of Rubus ichangensis:

Fruit - raw or cooked. Small, red, sweet and well flavoured. The red fruit is 6 - 8mm in diameter.

Other uses of the herb:

A purple to dull blue dye is obtained from the fruit. Tannin is extracted from the roots and stems.

Propagation of Rubus ichangensis:

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 ravines to 1800 metres. Slopes, fallow fields, dense forests in valleys and thickets at elevations of 800 - 2500 metres.

Known hazards of Rubus ichangensis:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.