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Prunus spinosa

Prunellier
Sloe

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

white

Flower size

10-15 mm

Flowering months

March,

April,

May

Leaf type

Elliptic

Height

4 m

Description

Dense, deciduous, twiggy, suckering shrub that forms thickets. ‘Spinosa’ refers to its spiny shoots.

Flowers

The creamy-white flowers appear before the leaves.

Leaves

Elliptic oval leaf. Oval, finely serrated with short-stalks.

Fruits Seeds

Drupe: Sloe berry. Outer, blue-black fleshy part surrounds a shell with a seed inside, 10-15 mm.

Edible

Sloe berries: mostly used to make sloe gin.

Medical

Flowers: a soft and safe laxative, especially for children with stomach complaints and constipation.

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