Also known as
Knee Holly, Kneeholm, Sweet Broom, Box Holly, Knee Hull, Pettigree, Prickly Box, Shepherd's Myrtle, Wild Myrtle
Ruscus aculeatus 'John Redmond'. Locatie, Tuinreservaat Jonkervallei 04 by Dominicus Johannes Bergsma (CC BY-SA 4.0)
10 years to reach maturity
Ruscus aculeatusr is a rhizomatous, evergreen subshrub species in the Asparagaceae family. Commonly known by the name Butchers Broom, amongst others, this plant is native to parts of Europe, Africa and Asia. Members of this genus have flattened photosynthetic stems resembling lance-shaped leaves, termed cladophylls. It produces small white flowers with purple centres on these leaf-like structures in the spring. Followed by glossy red berries from summer-autumn. This species is dioecious and thus produces male and female flowers on individual plants, only the female plants produce berry fruits. This plant has a bushy habit and typically grows to around 75cm tall, the leaves measure around 2.5cm long.