Ruscus





RUSCUS ACULEATUS.--Butcher's Broom, Pettigree and Pettigrue. Europe

(Britain), and North Africa. This is a native evergreen shrub, with

rigid cladodes which take the place of leaves, and not very showy

greenish flowers appearing about May. For the bright red berries, which

are as large as small marbles, it is alone worth cultivating, while it

is one of the few shrubs that grow at all satisfactorily beneath the

shade of our larger trees.



R. HYPOPHYLLUM.--Double Tongue. Mediterranean region, 1640. This species

has the flowers on the undersides of the leaf-like branches; and its

variety R.H. Hypoglossum has them on the upper side. Both are of value

for planting in the shade.





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