Herb latin name: Rubus mesogaeus


Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)



Edible parts of Rubus mesogaeus:

Fruit - raw or cooked. A good taste. The purplish-black fruit is about 8mm in diameter.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Deciduous
Shrub

Height:
3 m
(9 3/4 foot)

Flowering:
June

Habitat of the herb:

Slopes, forest understories in montane valleys, riverbanks, mixed forests, roadsides and broad-leaved evergreen forests at elevations of 600 - 3600 metres.

Other uses of Rubus mesogaeus:

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 mesogaeus:

Slopes, forest understories in montane valleys, riverbanks, mixed forests, roadsides and broad-leaved evergreen forests at elevations of 600 - 3600 metres.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Rubus mesogaeus:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.