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homebirdhomebird Posts: 110

These stems came in a bouquet of flowers and I was intrigued by the leaves. There is a spot in the same place on the back of each leaf and I wonder if it is a seed? At first I thought it was put there by the florist and then thought it was a type of bug! I would love to know what plant/shrub it comes from.imageimage


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,710

    I think it is Ruscus aculeatus or butchers broom. Florists use it as this time of year for bulking out bouquets.

  • The spots are the flowers buds, and the "leaves" are actually flattened stems. 

  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601

    I grow common butchers' broom in my garden and that is not it! I have had this stuff from the florist and wondered about it so I shall be interested to see what the experts come up with.

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150

    Yes ruscus. I think that one is ruscus hypo'something'. The ruscus a'something' is the smaller leaved bushy one.

    Sorry I can't remember the names properly, I stopped floristing 20yrs ago and even then we only called them 'long ruscus' & 'short ruscus'image  image

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,213

    It looks like Ruscus hypophyllum - the spineless Butcher's Broom, so Kitty was spot on with that I.D. Morning to you Kitty.

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,710

    Some came in my bouquets last year. They were just described as Ruscus. I have never grown either , so well done  Kitty and Ladybird.

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150

    It's true that although properly trained florists have to learn all the Latin names in college to gain the qualifications, once you start working in a busy shop environment laziness sets inimage

    Most will just say ruscus and only bother to be more specific when shouting "Pass me a bunch of short/long" in order to get what you need from the other side of the roomimage

  • homebirdhomebird Posts: 110

    it was very good of you to help me find the name of this, it drives me crazy if I can't find out..  I found photos of Ruscus Hyperphyllum and was surprised to see how it flowers. Amazed me actually, never having seen a plant whose leaves flower. Thankyou very much. ?

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