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Scientific Name: Rubus fruticosus

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Rubus fruticosus
Rubus fruticosus


  • Perennial
  • Sprawling prickly shrub growing up to 4m, with 3-5 lobed palm-shaped leaves, white to pale-pink flowers and clusters of very large and juicy blackberry fruit.
  • Semi-evergreen.
  • Full sun.
  • Hardy.
  • Need cold winters.
  • Need to be supported.

Culinary Uses

  • Dried leaves are made into a tea - is an ingredient of herb tea blends.
  • Fruits are eaten raw / cooked/ made into jam, syrup, cordials, jellies, wine and to flavour vinegar.

Parts Used

  • Leaves, roots, and fruit.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Externally:
  • Leaves are strongly astringent - use as a mouth wash for gum inflammation, ease mouth ulcers and gargle for sore throats. Use as a wash for wounds.
  • Internally:
  • Astringent tonic and mildly diuretic.
  • Decoction of the roots will relieve diarrhoea, cystitis and haemorrhoids.
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