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:
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 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: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.