Avignon Berry (Rhamnus saxatilis)

R. infectoria. L.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Avignon Berry
Rhamnus saxatilis

A yellow to greenish dye is obtained from the unripe fruit[1, 11, 57, 103, 171]. This dye was at one time commonly used until the advent of chemically produced dyes.

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    There is the suggestion that this species could be mildly poisonous[19, 65].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown in the autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed will require 1 – 2 months cold stratification at about 5¡ and should be sown as early in the year as possible in a cold frame or outdoor seedbed[200]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle, and grow them on in the greenhouse or cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[113]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current year’s growth, autumn in a frame. Layering in early spring[4].
Succeeds in any reasonably good soil[11]. Requires a calcareous soil[50]. Formerly cultivated as a dye plant[61]. The species in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].
S.W. Europe.

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