Herb latin name: Rubus tephrodes


Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)



Medicinal use of Rubus tephrodes:

The leaves and the root are astringent and styptic. Stimulates the circulation. A decoction of the leaves and roots is used in the treatment of amenorrhoea, diarrhoea, dysentery, myalgia etc.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Deciduous
Shrub

Height:
3.5 m
(11 feet)

Flovering:
June to
August

Habitat of the herb:

Roadsides and sunny places in wild areas. Mountain tops, slopes, roadsides and thickets to elevations of 1500 metres.

Edible parts of Rubus tephrodes:

Fruit - raw or cooked. The purplish black fruit is 10 - 15mm in diameter.

Other uses of the herb:

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

Propagation of Rubus tephrodes:

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:

Roadsides and sunny places in wild areas. Mountain tops, slopes, roadsides and thickets to elevations of 1500 metres.

Known hazards of Rubus tephrodes:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.