Herb latin name: Rubus rolfei
Synonyms: Rubus calycinoides, Rubus hayata-koidzumii, Rubus pentalobus
Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Edible parts of Rubus rolfei:Fruit - raw or cooked. The yellow to orange-reddish fruit is up to 14mm in diameter.
Description of the plant:
(3 1/4 inch)
Habitat of the herb:Open places, mixed forests at elevations of 1300 - 3800 metres.
Other uses of Rubus rolfei:A purple to dull blue dye is obtained from the fruit. A good ground cover plant for a sunny position or deep shade. It makes a firmly matted cover though it requires weeding for the first year or so. Plants are best spaced about 60cm apart each way.
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. Division in early spring or just before leaf-fall in the autumn.
Cultivation of Rubus rolfei:Open places, mixed forests at elevations of 1300 - 3800 metres.
Medicinal use of the herb:None known
Known hazards of Rubus rolfei:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.