Herb: Southern Dewberry


Latin name: Rubus trivialis


Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)



Medicinal use of Southern Dewberry:

The root is astringent, stimulant and tonic. An infusion can be used in the treatment of rheumatism and diarrhoea. An infusion has been used as a wash for piles. The washed root has been chewed as a treatment for a coated tongue. The leaves are astringent. An infusion can be used in the treatment of stomach complaints, rheumatism and diarrhoea.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Deciduous
Shrub

Height:
100 cm
(3 1/4 foot)

Habitat of the herb:

Stream banks, roadsides, thickets and old fields. Dry sandy soils.

Edible parts of Southern Dewberry:

Fruit - raw, cooked or used in jams, preserves etc. Large and well-flavoured. The fruit is about 3cm long and is very juicy and sweet.

Other uses of the herb:

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

Propagation of Southern Dewberry:

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:

Stream banks, roadsides, thickets and old fields. Dry sandy soils.

Known hazards of Rubus trivialis:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.