Herb: Stone Bramble

Latin name: Rubus saxatilis

Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Medicinal use of Stone Bramble:

A decoction of the root is useful in the treatment of relaxed bowels and dysentery, and also in treating the spasmodic stage of whooping cough. The leaves are astringent and a decoction is used to treat dysentery and some types of bleeding.

Description of the plant:


30 cm
(11 3/4 inch)

June to

Habitat of the herb:

Stony woods and by shady rocks, especially on basic rocks.

Edible parts of Stone Bramble:

Fruit - raw or cooked. An acid flavour, but agreeable to the palate.

Other uses of the herb:

A purple to dull blue dye is obtained from the fruit.

Propagation of Stone Bramble:

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 the herb:

Stony woods and by shady rocks, especially on basic rocks.

Known hazards of Rubus saxatilis:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.