The most common bramble is actually… A mulberry! From the Latin Rubus fruticosus, this small shrub does not theoretically have a good reputation. Its thorny branches do not seem to be appreciated by hikers, gardeners and parents of young children.
And yet, it has many virtues. The plant has been known for a very long time: Greek doctors already used it in the 1st century. Medisite indicates that “the bramble has astringent, antiseptic and bacterial properties. It is thus prescribed in case of ulceration of the throat, hoarseness, mouth ulcers, stomatitis, gingivitis and sluggish ulcers. It is also possible to treat mild diarrhea.
That’s not all. Its action is not limited to health. It is also beneficial for the soil, indicates the site Actu.fr. Indeed, this shrub aerates it, structures it and fixes nitrogen. The surface is protected from the sun’s rays by the branches, preventing dryness. In this sense, the flora can then develop more easily. Two trees benefit particularly when they are young: the oak and the beech. This is why it is nicknamed “the pioneer” or “the cradle” of these two species.
This living environment is ideal for the growth of wildlife. Birds and small mammals can take refuge there and nest the habitat. It’s a perfect hiding place. Making the bramble a full-fledged ecosystem in your garden. Finally, it offers a “floriferous and very melliferous” flowering, indicates actu.fr. In addition, when it is adult, the bramble produces berries: blackberries and raspberries. What a treat!