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:
(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 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: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.