Black Raspberry
Rubas occidentalis

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Family:
Rosaceae

Description:
Shrub with arching branches that may root at tips. Stem has curved prickles. Leaves are whitish on underside, sharp, and double-toothed. Flowers are small and white. Fruits are deep purple. Flowers are found April through July, fruits July through September. Black Raspberry is alien.

Location:
Ranges from Southern Canada through Florida.

Uses and Parts Used:

Root:
Tea brewed from roots is an astringent and can be used for diarrhea, dysentery, stomach pain, gonorrhea, and back pain.

Leaves:
Leaves are boiled with water and washed on sores and boils.

Notes:
Astringent quality comes from tannins in the roots and leaves. Black Raspberry tea has been approved in Germany as a treatment for diarrhea and inflamed mouth.

Black Raspberry- Click for Full Image
Black Raspberry- Click for Full Image