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Ruscus aculeatus

Le fragon
Butcher’s Broom

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

white

Flower size

3 mm

Flowering months

February,

March,

April

Leaf type

Cladode

Height

80 cm

Description

The branches used to be bound into bundles and sold to butchers for sweeping their blocks, hence the common name ‘Butcher’s Broom’.

Flowers

The pale green flowers, usually solitary, are borne centrally on the upper surface of the cladodes.

Leaves

Cladode flower grows from a leaf-like stem. A leaf-like stem, oval and spine-tipped.

Fruits Seeds

Berry: round, 12-15 mm. Poisonous.

Medical

Young shoots and roots: have anti-inflammatory properties, tone and reduce vascular permeability.

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