Dwarf Red Blackberry
Herb: Dwarf Red Blackberry
Latin name: Rubus pubescens
Synonyms: Rubus triflorus
Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Medicinal use of Dwarf Red Blackberry:The leaves are astringent and stomachic. A decoction has been to treat the vomiting of blood and blood-spitting. An infusion of the plant, combined with wild strawberry (Fragaria spp), has been used to treat irregular menstruation.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Damp slopes, rocky shores, low thickets etc.
Edible parts of Dwarf Red Blackberry:Fruit - raw or cooked. Delicate and delicious. The fruit can be mashed, made into small cakes then dried and stored for later use.
Other uses of the herb:A purple to dull blue dye is obtained from the fruit.
Propagation of Dwarf Red 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:Damp slopes, rocky shores, low thickets etc.
Known hazards of Rubus pubescens:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.