Ruscus Foliage - Israeli

Common Names: Israeli Ruscus, Butcher's Broom, Box Holly, Mouse Thorn

Botanical names: Ruscus hypoglossum

Availability: Year round

Vase life: 28 days or more

Storage temperatures: 34 - 41 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: No

Description: The leaves are typically broad, lance-shaped, glossy and shorter compared to Italian Ruscus, usually 1 to 2 inches in length. The stems are sturdy and upright, with a slightly woody texture.

Color: Rich dark green

Botanical facts: Israeli Ruscus is native to the Eastern Mediterranean region, including the countries of Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey. It is commonly found in woodland areas, rocky slopes, and scrublands.

Design notes: Israeli Ruscus foliage is a favorite among floral designers because of its' longevity and durability. It serves as an excellent filler in floral designs, filling in gaps and adding fullness to arrangements. It complements a wide range of flowers and other foliage, enhancing the overall texture and volume of the design.

Purchasing hints: Purchase undamaged stems with turgid glossy foliage. Avoid stems exhibiting leaf fall.

Conditioning: Cut the stem ends with as sharp knife. Hydrate in water mixed with a commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Historically, various species of Ruscus have been used in traditional herbal medicine for their potential medicinal properties, including as a treatment for circulatory disorders.