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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
butcher's broom box holly
Jew's myrtle knee holly knee holm kneeholy knee hull pettigree pettigrue prickly box shepherd's myrtle wild myrtle
Ruscus are rhizomatous evergreen subshrubs with flattened, leaf-like cladophylls bearing small pale green flowers, followed on female or hermaphrodite plants by glossy red berries
R. aculeatus is a bushy sub-shrub to 75cm, with glossy lance-shaped cladophylls 2.5cm in length, flowering in spring, with glossy red berries on female plants in summer and autumn
Europe to Mediterr.
Toxicity Acute ingestion may cause mild stomach upset
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained
SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Dried stems may be used in floral arrangements. Individual shoots are short-lived. Grow in any but waterlogged soils
Propagate by seed or division
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Drought Resistant Low Maintenance Cut Flowers
Wildflower meadow Wildlife Gardens
Pruning Cut out dead stems to the base in spring
Pests Generally pest free
Generally disease free
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