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A picture of a Spineless Butcher's Broom

Spineless Butcher's Broom

Ruscus hypoglossum

Also known as

Horse Tongue Lily

MouseThorn by Greg Hume (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Shade
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

75cm

Max

Min

1m

Flowering

This plant has no fragrance

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Ruscus hypoglossum L. - Veprina
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Overview

Ruscus hypoglossum is a clump-forming evergreen perennial in the Asparagaceae family. As Garden plants, they are well-known for their dark green evergreen shoots and their ability to survive in dry shaded positions.

Common problems

Generally problem free

    Harvesting

    Stems are harvested for the vase. Cut at soil level to encourage new growth.

    Propagation

    Division

    Divide clumps in spring.

    Seed

    Sow seed as soon as ripe in sandy soil mix. Keep moist.

    Special Features

    Drought resistant

    Can tolerate long dry spells.