Ruscus Foliage- Italian

Common Names: Italian Ruscus, Butcher's Broom, Box Holly

Botanical names: Ruscus aculeatus, RUS-cus ah-kew-lee-AH-tus

Availability: Year round

Vase life: 14 days or more

Storage temperatures: 34 - 41 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: No

Description: The leaves are lance-shaped, elongated, and narrow, resembling the shape of a spearhead or lance tip. They grow densely along long, flexible stems, forming lush, cascading foliage.

Color: Medium to dark green

Botanical facts: Italian Ruscus is native to Italy and other parts of southern Europe. It is commonly found in woodland areas, especially in regions with mild climates.

Design notes: The long, slender, flexible stems and leaves make Italian Ruscus a favorite among floral designers for use in cascading arrangements, bridal bouquets, garlands and wreathes.

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.