Alleghany Blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis)

Shrub
R. nigrobaccus.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Alleghany Blackberry
Rubus allegheniensis
Rosaceae

A purple to dull blue dye is obtained from the fruit[168].

  • Medicinal Use

    The roots are antihaemorrhoidal, antirheumatic, astringent, stimulant and tonic[257]. An infusion can be used in the treatment of stomach complaints, diarrhoea, piles, coughs and colds, tuberculosis and rheumatism[257]. The infusion has also been used by women threatened with a miscarriage[257]. The root can be chewed to treat a coated tongue[257]. An infusion of the root has been used as a wash for sore eyes[257].

    The leaves are astringent[257]. An infusion can be used in the treatment of diarrhoea[257].

    An infusion of the bark has been used in the treatment of urinary problems[257].

    A decoction of the stems has been used as a diuretic[257].

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw, cooked or dried for later use[34, 101, 161, 257]. A pleasant sweet and somewhat spicy flavour[3, 159, 171, 183]. The fruit is about 12mm in diameter[200] and can be 3cm long[235].

    Young shoots – raw. They are harvested in the spring, peeled and used in salads[183].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

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[200]. Tip layering in July. Plant out in autumn. Division in early spring or just before leaf-fall in the autumn[200].
Easily grown in a good well-drained loamy soil in sun or semi-shade[11, 200]. Plants have biennial stems, they produce a number of new stems from the perennial rootstock each year, these stems fruit in their second year and then die[200]. Often cultivated for its edible fruits in America, it is the parent of many named varieties. Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus[200].
Eastern N. America – Nova Scotia to Ontario, New York, Virginia and North Carolina.

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