Herb latin name: Rubus parvus


Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)



Edible parts of Rubus parvus:

Fruit - raw or cooked. A sweet flavour. The fruit is about 25mm in diameter. Sap.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Evergreen
Shrub

Height:
20 cm
(7 3/4 inch)

Flowering:
June
to July

Habitat of the herb:

Lowland forest and river flats between latitudes 41 and 44┬░south, west of divide in South Island.

Other uses of Rubus parvus:

A purple to dull blue dye is obtained from the fruit. A first rate ground cover plant for a sheltered position.

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 parvus:

Lowland forest and river flats between latitudes 41 and 44┬░south, west of divide in South Island.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Rubus parvus:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.