Rubus fruticosus, or blackberry, is a deciduous shrub and part of the rosaceae family. It flowers between May and September with fruits that ripen July - October. Blackberry is a very common plant and is found in woodlands, meadows, and waste ground.
The root-bark of the blackberry shrub is useful as a remedy for dysentery, diarrhoea, haemorrhoids, and cystis. It can also be used as a gargle for sore throats. The fruits of the plant can be eaten raw or cooked. The fruit should not be eaten before it is fully ripe as it may cause an upset stomach. A tea can be made from the young leaves after they are dried. Additionally the young shoots may be harvested soon after they have sprouted. Peeled, they may make a nice addition to a spring salad. A blue-purple dye may be obtained from the berries and a fiber from the stocks may be used to make twine.