Butcher's-broom - Ruscus aculeatus
Butcher's-broom is a bushy sub-shrub to 75cm, with glossy, lance-shaped cladophylls 2.5cm in length that give the appearance of stiff, spine-tipped leaves. The flowers are small with greeny-white petals.
Dry shady places such as woodland and scrub. It is frequently grown in gardens, and may become established where discarded or deliberately planted, or where bird-sown.
It flowers early in the year, followed by glossy red berries on female plants.
A dioecious, evergreen, rhizomatous shrub. It reproduces vegetatively by creeping rhizomes, and by seed, which may be bird-sown.
Widespread but local in Britain.
Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 2 of the 617 tetrads.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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