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Ruscus hypophyllum

Dutch Butcher's Broom

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Item #: 4352

Zones: 8a to 10b, possibly colder

Dormancy: Evergreen

Height: 30" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Shade

Origin: Northern Africa

Pot Size: 2 qt. (1.9 L)

This little-known first cousin of the more famous poet's laurel hails from northwest Africa. It attained the common name from its production in Holland as a cut-foliage plant. When stored at 40 degrees F, it remains arrangement-quality for 5 months. In the garden, expect an upright arching clump of 2.5' long, green stems adorned with 1", plastic-like, green leaves. Actually, they aren't leaves, but are cladodes (modified stems), but we aren't testing you today. When you have two clones, they tango, and you are rewarded with very cool, red berries after the tiny flowers (found on top of those leaf-looking cladodes) finish. Average-to-dry soils are best, and some protection when temperatures reach single digits is best to protect the foliage quality.