Irish wildflowers

Butchers-broom, Ruscus aculeatus
Photographs: Co.Waterford

Ruscus aculeatus
Family: Liliaceae

Flowering January - April. Evergreen shrub. Introduced.

Plants are dioecious, male and female needed for seed-set, but also reproduces vegetatively. Red berries produced on female plants, late summer to winter.
Spine-tipped leaf-like cladodes (branch with the form and function of leaf).
Much branched. Slow growing to 1m.

Prefers full or semi-shade. Rare in dry woods and hedges, usually a relic of cultivation. Recorded from NE, SE, S Ireland.

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