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Ruscus is an intriguing genus of six species that occur from southern Europe to Iran. As Garden plants, they are well-known for their dark green evergreen shoots and their ability to survive in dry shaded positions. In the wild, the genus naturally grows in the understorey of woodlands and thrives in these habitats. The plant will colonize large patches through its spreading rhizomes (underground stems), from which the deep glossy green foliage arises, giving structure and interest through the year. The shoots bear large, globular bright scarlet fruits, particularly attractive in winter, which appear to emerge from the leaves. The apparent leaves are, correctly, flattened stems and are known as cladodes. The flowers (which botanically can only be borne from a stem) hence appear in the middle of these leaf-like structures and are soon followed by the berries. Only female plants will produce berries. However, plants have been selected in cultivation which bear both male and female parts in their flowers (hermaphrodite), meaning that just a single plant is required to produce berries.
 
Several species make good garden plants. Perhaps most widely grown is Ruscus aculeatus, which is native in southern England and occurs across southern Europe. It forms an erect plant, 50—80 cm high, and grown for its shoots bearing prickly cladodes, bright red berries and well-used for its ability to survive in deep shade. This is the species known as 'Butchers' Broom', which butchers indeed used to use to sweep their blocks. The larger leaved R. hypoglossum, also from southern Europe, is a more leafy plant with arching stems that bears cherry-red fruits, and, again, it makes excellent ground cover in shade. 
 
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