PlantsRuscus→Butcher's Broom (Ruscus aculeatus)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 2 - 3 feet
Plant Spread: 2 - 4 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Foliage is consisted of thick, leaf-like stems (cladodes) terminating in a needle-like spiny point.
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Small, 3/8" bright red, waxy berries.
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Other: Flowers grow in the center of the cladodes, nearer the base than the tip
Flower Color: Other: Greenish-white
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Medicinal Herb
Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Asparagaceae:  Ruscus aculeatus - berries from the previous year

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Could you identify this plant? (South France) by imatotachi Oct 7, 2021 1:05 PM 4
What is this plant ? by misfit_bambi Mar 19, 2021 1:01 AM 5
Ruscus 'Mr. Lonely' by Pistil Mar 28, 2018 2:27 AM 1
Question about a plant by myplants2018 Feb 3, 2018 11:49 AM 6
Can someone please help identify this plant by Venezuela May 28, 2017 5:37 AM 5
Red Berry by JStapeley Jan 28, 2017 6:42 AM 1
Birdfeeder Gardern but DEER, dappled sun, sandy soil by Whitebeard Sep 1, 2016 6:18 PM 17
Salt tolerant plants by eclayne Oct 10, 2020 8:42 PM 133

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