Herb: Low-Running Blackberry
Latin name: Rubus villosus
Synonyms: Rubus procumbens
Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Medicinal use of Low-Running Blackberry:The dried bark of the root and the leaves are astringent and tonic. They have been used in the treatment of diarrhoea and dysentery.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Open woods and thickets.
Edible parts of Low-Running Blackberry:Fruit - raw or cooked. Rather variable in quality, there are a number of named forms with delicious fruits that have been selected for cultivation.
Other uses of the herb:A purple to dull blue dye is obtained from the fruit.
Propagation of Low-Running Blackberry: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:Open woods and thickets.
Known hazards of Rubus villosus:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.