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Ruscus Genus

Broom

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun, Part shade or Shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • WaterDry

Description

Ruscus genus (Broom). This genus consists of about 6 species of evergreen, clump-forming spring flowering subshrubs. The leaves are flattened shoots the flowers and fruits are borne on them. The flowers are small greenish white and star-shaped. The fruits will require male and female plants to multiply, and are red and showy.

Characteristics

Perennials, Evergreens, Shrubs

Origin

Europe, N Africa, Iran, Madeira and the Azores

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage and fruits. It is particularly useful for dry, shady sites.

Cultivation

They are fully to frost hardy and will tolerate sun or shade and any other than waterlogged soil. Cut dead shoots to base in spring.

Propagation

Propagate from seed or by division.

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