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Ruscus aculeatus 'Elizabeth Lawrence'
@ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Ruscus aculeatus 'Elizabeth Lawrence'

Elizabeth Lawrence Butcher's Broom

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Item #: 5932

Zones: 7a to 9b, at least

Dormancy: Evergreen

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Shade

Origin: England, Iran, Mediterranean Europe

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?


$22.00
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This dwarf hermaphroditic (satisfies itself sexually) butcher's broom came from the garden of the late NC garden writer Elizabeth Lawrence. Lawrence obtained the plant from her friend Mr. Krippendorf, who obtained it from the original discoverer, the UK's Clarence Elliott in 1955. This tightly compact form of Ruscus aculeatus eventually makes a 2' tall x 2' wide clump after 10 years. The thick, upright stems are adorned with spiny green cladodes (leaf wannabes) and highlighted by large numbers of glossy, bright red fruit from summer through late spring. Our plants are 4-5 years old from a seed strain that seems virtually identical to the parent. Although a fabulous, indestructible plant, this is never going to make it big with the petunia and pansy crowd that shop at Wal-Mart.