Herb: California Blackberry
Latin name: Rubus macropetalus
Synonyms: Rubus ursinus macropetalus
Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Medicinal use of California Blackberry:An infusion of the leaves has been used in the treatment of stomach complaints.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Field banks and disturbed areas below 1300 metres in California.
Edible parts of California Blackberry:Fruit - raw or cooked. It can also be dried for later use. The fresh or dried leaves can be used to make a tea.
Other uses of the herb:A purple to dull blue dye is obtained from the fruit.
Propagation of California 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:Field banks and disturbed areas below 1300 metres in California.
Known hazards of Rubus macropetalus:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.