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botanical name:
Ruscus hypophyllum
Ruscus hypophyllum © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Spineless Butcher's Broom, Southern Butchers Broom, Florida Ruscus, Israeli Ruscus, Holland Ruscus
family:  Asparagaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen
height: 1.00m
width: 1.00m
growth rate: slow
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: red
stem/bark: dark green
main season: All Year
aspect: part shade, shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -5°C
USDA zone: 8 to 10
description:
Small evergreen of clump-forming subshrubby habit. Upright, usually unbranched, stems with dark green, ovate leaf-like cladophylls, up to about 8cm long. Small flowers are produced at the centres of the cladophylls and on female plants may be later followed by red berries.

cultivation:
Will grow in most soils, prefers some shade and will grow in deep shade under trees. Tolerates periods of drought once established. Not very cold hardy and top growth may be damaged by frost.

propagation:
From seed or by root division

usage:
The long lasting cut stems are often used for foliage effect in flower arranging. It is grown commercially for this purpose.

other notes:
Native mainly to northwest Africa and also probably southern Spain.

Unusual in than the apparant 'leaves' are in fact flattened stems (cladophylls) which bear the flowers and fuit.

Sometimes known as Florida, Israeli or Holland Ruscus simply because it is either grown or traded there as a floristry crop.

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